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Community resilience framework: lessons from the field

Source(s):  Swiss NGO DRR Platform

The report presents the main findings from case studies about resilience assessments that were carried out in five countries through workshops: El Salvador, Bolivia, Haiti, Palestine, and Cambodia. It capitalizes on local knowledge and experience and provides important insights not only on how those most at risk build resilience, but also on how they struggle to overcome the barriers that are imposed on them by their natural, socio-political and economic environments. It highlights the range of expertise and commitment for promoting resilience through disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adapation (CCA) measures among Platform members and outlines some of their ongoing and planned work

The case studies utilize a resilience framework and a methodology aimed at assessing resilience at the community level developed by Swiss NGO DRR Platform. In order to understand what makes a community resilient and how individual, collective and contextual factors affect resilience building, its main purpose is to capture factors among community members in different stress contexts (fragility and emergency, climate change impacts, sudden hazards), assuming that key characteristics that contribute to resilience building can be identified. These characteristics serve as guidance for future NGO-programming in the field, but also provide inputs to the upcoming policy frameworks and advocate for the importance of local action.



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  • Community resilience framework: lessons from the field
  • Publication date 2015
  • Author(s) Gorin, Patricia; Junghardt, Jana; Stal, Marc
  • Number of pages 32 p.

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