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Published: 2016

What is resilience?

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Resilience has become a commonly used narrative in a range of international development contexts. This foundational resource presents bite-size chunks of information and signposts to other material with a focus on disaster resilience, while also addressing climate and infrastructure resilience. It will help to answer the following questions:

  • how has resilience been defined and conceptualised by DFID and other organisations?
  • what is the history of the concept of resilience and why has it gained prominence?
  • what are the scales and dimensions of resilience?
  • how does resilience relate to risk and adaptation? What is risk layering?
  • what does resilience programming look like?
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P. Sturgess; R. Sparrey

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