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Resilience? It’s all about the people…and more

Resilience? It’s all about the people

Luca Alinovi, senior emergency and rehabilitation coordinator at the Food and Agriculture Organization visits southern Somalia to see the effects of drought on livestock. How can resilience be applied in practice across sectors to achieve scale? Photo by: FAO

Luca Alinovi, senior emergency and rehabilitation coordinator at the Food and Agriculture Organization visits southern Somalia to see the effects of drought on livestock. How can resilience be applied in practice across sectors to achieve scale? Photo by: FAO

In an emergency, the primary response to a crisis is a humanitarian one. This is by default a short-term response, when most of the problems are long-term, according to Luca Alinovi, senior emergency and rehabilitation coordinator at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. But with resilience going mainstream in recent years, the tables have turned and some forward-thinking global development professionals are proposing a wholly new approach to previously intractable problems. An indication of how resilience has risen to prominence is its implicit and explicit inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, target 1.5 is dedicated to building resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations, reducing their vulnerability…

 

Researchers develop a new tool to guide recovery from disasters

The 1999 Odisha Cyclone struck the eastern coast of India, knocking out whole swaths of the Indian Rail­ways Net­work, bringing the eastern IRN system to a halt. Cyclones Hudhud and Phailin caused sim­ilar mayhem in 2014 and 2013, while in 2012 power black­outs in northern and eastern India idled 300 inter­city pas­senger trains and com­muter lines. Closer to home, severe winter storms that hit Boston in 2014–2015 brought the MBTA mass-​​transit system to its knees…

 

Tacloban official lauds locals for being typhoon resilient

THE normalcy of lives of the people in Tacloban City two years after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) is a testament of their resiliency, said Vice Mayor Jerry T. Yaokasin. “As much as possible, people want to move on. Although there are still families who are grieving, it will take some time for the wounds to heal, others are gearing towards normalcy,” Yaokasin said. But two years after super typhoon Yolanda, some survivors are claiming that their needs, especially with permanent shelter, are unanswered. Citing his experience in joining several cluster meeting for the permanent shelter, Yaokasin was able to see the real score as to how government…

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