Social resilience during times of crisis: what can we learn from those hit the hardest?




The impacts of COVID-19 have hit some communities harder than others, especially in the Global South

COVID-19 is a devastating example of a crisis which ripples through regions and countries, affecting pretty much all aspects of our lives.

The impacts of the pandemic have hit some communities harder than others, especially in the Global South.

Fortunately, we are seeing signs of resilience emerging from many affected communities. There is ongoing mobilization to combat the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic. This could be crucial when navigating this exceptional situation we are in.

In this episode, Albert Norström from Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Global Resilience Partnership talks to colleague Cibele Queiroz from the beforementioned institutions and Rafael Calderon-Contreras from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico. Together they take a closer look at some of these communities and how they have responded to this crisis.

What can we learn from them and how can we build social resilience for similar events in the future?

Relevant books and publications

Voices from the frontline: Learning from community responses to build future resilience for the most vulnerable

Access as the means for understanding social-ecological resilience: Bridging analytical frameworks

Pandemic and food security: A view from the Global South

COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics

Left out and left behind: Ignoring women will prevent us from solving the hunger crisis

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