Because Resilience is Local
The report offers a simple modeling principle on how to assess where and when resilience may need to be strengthened. As a result of an almost year-long process of investigation, wide-ranging discussion, and validation involving various experts and practitioners in disaster risk management and humanitarian affairs in the Indo-Pacific region, this report aims to offer new perspectives on how policy makers and practitioners should approach disaster resilience. This is particularly important for the upcoming Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia. It is hoped that this synthesis report will serve as a significant contribution from the Governments of Indonesia and Australia to the global discourse on resilience using the experience from the pandemic in this region as the basis of analysis.
While most of us are familiar with the notion of resilience building through systematic and programmatic efforts and processes, this learning series uncovered variables around social and cultural capital as additional determining factors for understanding resilience. These variables stemmed from acknowledging resilience as an inherent trait possessed by human beings at all levels of social structure, from individual through local communities and up to membership of the human race. The report argues that one of the shortcomings in past elaborations of the general concept of resilience is the limited inclusion and recognition of the centrality of existing local cultural and social capital as the foundations upon which to enhance resilience.