Approaches and Skills for Resilience Building

Course Description


Resilience, is concerned with the durability, adaptability and transformative capacities Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and development outcomes, the capacity of communities in complex socio- ecological systems to learn, cope, adapt and transform in the face of shock and stress (Mercy Corps, 2013). Resilience is a complex construct and it may be defined differently in context of individual families, organization, societies and cultures with regards to determinants of resilience. This module will handle resilience definitions, concepts and mechanisms, building individual and community, resilience in Security and Development Policy and Class Project and Building Community Resilience Planning

Aim :  Provide fellows with knowledge and skills for resilience building to be able to implement development and security policies, and empower and strengthen communities to resiliently engage and develop constructive pathways to enduring peace.

Objective: To understand the relationship between resilience, development and security, to be able to guide communities to identify and utilize coping and protective factors to reduce the preference for violence and support peace by effectively dealing with adversity, incitement and manipulation.

Scope: Through lectures, class presentations, case study discussions and site visit, the course will cover a range of topics including: Understanding Resilience: Definitions, Concepts and Mechanisms, Building Individual and Community, Resilience in Security and Development Policy and Class Project: Building Community Resilience Planning

References and Readings

-Mercy Corps (2013). Resilience, Development and Disaster Risk Reduction.

-Robert Bach, David Kaufman, Kathy Settle And Mark Duckworth (Ed) (2015). Strategies For supporting Community Resilience: Multinational Experiences, CRISMART Volume 4, The Swedish Defense University.

-UNDP, (2o16). Local Governance In fragile and Conflict- Affected Settings: Building A Resilient Foundation for Peace and Development Programme, One United Nations Plaza, New York, NY, 10017.

-Sarah Forbe, Fikretoglu Deniz (2018). Building Resilience: The Conceptual Basis and Research Evidence for Resilience Training Programs, Sage Journals

-Masten A (2001) Ordinary Magic: Resilience Process in Development. American Psychologist 56 (3): 227-238.

– Southwick S (2014). Resilience Definitions, Theory and Challenges: Interdisciplinary Perspective.

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