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Y Care International (YCI)
This report looks at the relationship between culture and vulnerability in two villages in Madagascar. It examines how socio-cultural factors impact the vulnerability and resilience of local people.
The study found that traditional belief systems and values, associated with a strong culture, could be seen to increase certain metrics of vulnerability. These were, however, generally offset by increased levels of social capital and kinship, which contributed to community resilience.
The study reflects on western conceptual frameworks, such as the Vulnerability & Capacities Index, and highlights the importance of including key cultural factors into resilience frameworks. In conclusion, it is necessary to be cautious about the application of tools used in resilience programming which may lack adequate regard for socio-cultural complexity.