Building resilient and safe communities against poverty and disaster

This study examines the institutional networks required to link processes of community-level deliberation to city and national level processes of decision-making and implementation, in the context of urban governance, community development and climate change.

In 2010, the Philippine government introduced a resettlement programme to remove all informal settlers living along vulnerable waterways in Metro Manila. The introduction of the People’s Plan (PP) as the legal framework for the programme has become a formidable tool to address the exclusionary patterns of governance and development that perpetuate informality and push informal settlers to the peripheries of social, economic and political life in the cities. However, communities have to comply with the complicated rules and procedures of different agencies and engage with various stakeholders that have disconnected programmes and policies and different interests.

The study found that the PP unleashed energy and dynamics among stakeholders to address practical matters and open up public and institutional spaces to forge new roles and rules that fit changed circumstances. The PP as a process raised awareness and harnessed the self-initiative, self-responsibility and self-reliance of communities, which are important elements for community resilience. Essentially, the PP is a transformation of the poor and marginalised from ‘informal’ to active citizenship.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), 2016

Online Report
http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/10771IIED.pdf

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.

Related Resources

Case Study
24 Feb 2016
This report summarizes a cost benefit analysis study in Georgia in November-December 2015. Inside you will find highlights the cost effectiveness of the Georgia Red Cross Society’s work on disaster risk reduction and building community resilience. ...
Tags: Case Study
Report
16 Jul 2014
Technical brief on the concept of measuring resilience from experiences in the Horn of Africa. Developed by Catherine Fitzgibbon for Drylands Learning and Capacity Building Initiative for Improved Policy and Pratice in the the Horn of Africa (DLCI).
Tags: Report, Resilience and Disaster Risk Management
Video
09 Feb 2015
Songs of the Rainy Season or Nyanyian Musim Hujan is a film developed by the Indonesian Red Cross and Australian Red Cross with disaster preparedness messages on floods and landslides. The film is a sequel to Message from the Ocean or Pesan dari S...
Tags: Video, Flood, Landslide
Scroll to Top