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Fixing the ‘fragmented’ approach to resilience.

Fixing the ‘fragmented’ approach to resilience

People take part in a community evacuation drill as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Emergency Preparedness and Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Central Vietnam project. Photo by: Richard Nyberg / USAID / CC BY-NC-ND

People take part in a community evacuation drill as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Emergency Preparedness and Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Central Vietnam project. Photo by: Richard Nyberg / USAID / CC BY-NC-ND

Resilience has been at the heart of international development discussions in recent years, but competing definitions and sector-based funding streams have hampered implementation, according to an expert who spoke to Devex. Donors and organizations approach resilience in a fragmented, rather than holistic, way, said Stephen Latham, an instructor at Northwest University’s international community development graduate program. Instead of seeing the big picture, stakeholders might focus on just one piece of resilience — for example, water access or food supply — based on their expertise and funding. Such an approach could still leave vulnerabilities in countries’ abilities to withstand shocks…

 

‘Climate-proof’ and resilience

FOR many Small Island Developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific the impact of natural disasters and climate change is real. The recent devastation caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji reiterates why SIDS require specific assistance and points to the need to better “climate-proof” development projects in these economies…

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