Resilience Scan: January-March 2016

Research reports and studies
July 2016

The January-March 2016 quarterly Resilience Scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience. A number of major intergovernmental agreements in 2015 related directly to resilience issues. These included the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, Financing for Development and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This year, the initial processes for implementing those frameworks will heavily influence the UN and national government resilience landscape, ideally in a way that maximises their linkages and synergies.

This year will host some further global meetings of importance, including the World Humanitarian Summit in May, the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) climate conference in November in Marrakech, which follows up the Paris climate agreement.

This paper comprises insights on the key international policy processes in 2016, analysis of Twitter activity on resilience, and summaries of high impact grey literature and academic journal articles. The final chapter synthesizes the insights from literature in terms of five characteristics of resilience-awareness, diversity, self-regulation, integration and adaptiveness.