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City Strength Diagnostic Methodological Guidebook, GFDRR

City Strength Diagnostic was developed to help World Bank staff apply this new holistic approach to urban resilience to operations. It was designed to help facilitate a dialogue among stakeholders (e.g. government, civil society, residents, and the private sector) about risks, resilience, and the performance of urban systems. It is important to note that CityStrength …

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Climate and Disaster Resilience: The Role of Community Driven Development

Community-driven development is an approach “… that gives control over planning decisions and investment resources to community groups and local governments.” Historically, programs using a CDD approach grew out of situations of crisis (financial shock, conflict, and even natural disasters) and were meant as transitional instruments for service delivery where governments (particularly newly installed administrations) …

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Innovation in Urban Development: Incremental Housing, Big Data, and Gender

Over the next two decades the number of city dwellers will soar to nearly five billion, 60 percent of the world’s population. Virtually all of this urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. The …

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Guidebook on Creating Resilience Networks: American Red Cross

The Community Resilience Strategy (CRS) is designed to guide American Red Cross domestic staff in engaging their communities to work collaboratively to enhance community resilience and preparedness. The development of the strategy began with an in-depth look at the most recent academic research and practical applications of resilience work, both domestically and internationally. A group of …

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Friendly Neighborhoods: National Societies Guide

“Friendly Neighborhoods” is a methodological approach that seeks to achieve a greater number of more secure environments where creativity, solidarity and dialogue between people who live in the neighborhood are promoted, acknowledging that there are different realities and solutions in each neighborhood. “Friendly Neighborhoods” aims to achieve Solidarity, Safety and Sustainability (TRIPLE “S”), helping to improve the welfare of people in the …

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Applying resilience thinking: Seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems

Over the past decades, few concepts have gained such prominence as  resilience, the capacity of a system to deal with change and continue to develop. There has been an explosion of research into ways to promote or undermine the resilience of  various systems, be it a landscape, a coastal area or a city. However, the multitude of suggested factors that enhance resilience has …

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Technology transforming lives

Digital technology has already transformed how we communicate, how we work, how we buy and sell. But we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of ways technology can be used to transform how we address complex social challenges, from health and education to poverty and climate change. Here are some of the pioneers using …

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Mothers’ club in Togo

Following the 5th Panafrican Conference, held in Ouagadougou in September 2000, the Togolese Red Cross decided to rethink its activities in order to maximize impact at the community level, in accordance with the ARCHI 2010 initiative (Health Initiative of the African Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies). The Togolese Red Cross mobilized its volunteers into …

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Community home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) recognized the increasing vulnerability of households to HIV/AIDS as early as 1988, when it set up the Integrated AIDS Project (IAP). This document describes its home-based care (HBC) programme and recent developments resulting from the 2002–2003 drought. It also highlights constraints and areas for further development. Published in 2004.