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
- How has resilience been defined and conceptualised by DFID and other
- What is the history of the concept of resilience and why has it gained
- What are the scales and dimensions of resilience?
- How does resilience relate to risk and adaptation? What is risk
- What does resilience programming look like?
This resource is part of a series of inter-related resources
synthesising knowledge on Resilience. It can be
read in conjunction with the more detailed resources on Measuring
Resilience, Risk Management and Financing and Social Protection and Climate Resilience. The Glossary and list of
Acronyms will also assist readers in
understanding the terminology used throughout this resource and the
other resources in the Resilience series.
Sturgess, P.; Sparrey, R.; DFID. What is Resilience? Evidence on Demand, UK (2016) 65 pp. [DOI: 10.12774/eod_tg.may2016.sturgessandsparrey]