Frameworks for Assessing Resilience.

Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR) is a two year program engaging the Timorese population in defining, assessing and strenthening resilience for peacebuilding. Launched in 2014, FAR focuses on the capacities that contribute to positive resilience in the context of peacebuilding. Through participatory action research, CEPAD is developing tools to deepen the understanding of what holds society together in conflict affected societies as defined by local populations.

Following the completion of 6 months of qualitative research in February 2015, the research was validated at a National Workshop and CEPAD was mandated to form a National Working Group in charge of proposing mechanisms and recommendations for strengthening resilience in Timor-Leste. As part of a mixed-method approach, a national perception survey was also implemented in July 2015 to build on the qualitative findings.

The FAR country note is available in the Reports page.


CEPAD’s FAR program is part of a pilot project being implemented by Interpeace in Timor-Leste, Guatemala and Liberia and is supported by SIDA. The quantitative component has been carried out in partnership with Harvard Humanitarian Iniative (HHI). Interpeace will use the results from these three pilot countries to develop a context specific approach to assessing resilience, fragility and progress towards peace consolidation.