Working Paper

Resilience and Community Response to Climate-related Events: Case Studies from Four Countries

It is important for governments, aid organizations, and researchers to understand how developing communities respond to climate change and how their efforts can be improved within a framework of resilience thinking.

This review explores the definition of resilience and, more specifically, community resilience and its components, then presents four case studies of community response to extreme weather events to illustrate community resilience in action. This review is intended to provide context for and inform more detailed exploration of community resilience in integrated programming (specifically, programming designed to improve health, environment and population (PHE) outcomes). The review is also intended to capture references to population dynamics and family planning in the literature on community resilience, but is not intended as a definitive guide to the links between community resilience and health or family planning.