Children are living today in a more complex world and fast changing environment. While access to health and education has improved and poverty reduced in the last 15 years, inequalities are on the rise, more than 50% of the world’s population live in fast growing cities and the world is increasingly threatened by conflicts, climate change and environmental degradation.
To adapt to such disruptive environment, the concept of resilience has emerged in the last decade and Save the Children has identified “resilience” as one of its 3 main cross-cutting topics for its 2030 global strategy. Resilience is commonly defined as a complex multi-dimensional and dynamic ability embedded in individual or complex system that emerges at time of shocks, stresses and trauma. For Save the Children, resilience is the ability of children, families and systems to protect and safeguard all children against shocks and stresses in order to ensure the realisation of their rights to survival, development, education and protection.
The resilience of a child, family or a community with respect to potential hazard events and threats is determined by the degree to which they have the necessary resources (physical, social, financial, human, natural) to maintain their development and keep planning for their future projects and plans despite shocks, stresses and adversities.
Our DRR and CCA work are important factors of building resilience, but ensuring also that basic needs are met and that children have access to education, health services and opportunities for play and social interaction is critical. Efforts to strengthen families is a priority, as it is widely acknowledged that a loving and caring family is one of the key protective factors which can strengthen a child’s resilience and support their healthy development in spite of a crisis.
Effective resilience supposes a transformation, putting issues of people, power and politics at the centre of the change process. Because vulnerabilities and risk are rooted in deprivation, inequalities and human rights violation, resilience is thereby built by influencing policies that relate to power imbalances in society that encourage, create and sustain vulnerabilities.
For example, Save the Children’s Child Rights Governance work contributes to resilience of institutions by institutionalizing children’s rights in governance systems and mechanisms enabling the fulfilment of children’s rights in all contexts. Moreover, improved transparency, participation and accountability and fair (re)distribution of resources is supporting a healthy social contract between citizens and government and can prevent conflict.
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Vulnerability- and Resilience-based Approaches in Response to the Syrian Crisis: Implications for women, children and youth with disabilities
Vulnerability criteria, particularly in the earlier years of the Syrian-crisis response, received a lot of focus and attention by humanitarian actors as a method of targeting assistance. Persons with disabilities, an estimated 20 percent of the refugee po
El Nino has caused the third successive rainfall failure in some areas of Ethiopia, and from the middle of 2015 onwards the country has since been in a race against time to meet the resulting food needs of 10.2 million people. This precarious situation ca
Economic Strengthening, Resilient Livelihoods Approaches and Child Well-being: Evidence and knowledge gaps
World Vision and VisionFund International commissioned this external review of published research on economic strengthening in order to document what outcomes have arisen for children, exploring child well-being outcomes from the various approaches that c
Children are known to be acutely affected during and after floods, losing their homes, friendship networks and familiar surroundings. They also see adults under great strain and witness the exceptional and long-term tensions that flooding brings about. Re
Save the Children International (SCI) has been working in Bangladesh over the past three years, supporting girls and boys, their families, schools and local communities in 36 rural and urban communities to build their capabilities to adapt, prepare, and r
100 Resilient Cities (100RC) in partnership with Save the Children, will offer critical resilience building support to 100RC’s member cities initially in Asia. Through the partnership, Save the Children will work on an individual basis with 100RC member c
The heightened focus on the hundreds of thousands of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have put their lives at risk to reach Europe has also awakened attention to the phenomenon of displacement. The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) a
Disaster preparedness and risk reduction play a major role in preventing the loss of lives and livelihoods during disasters. Directly and with partners, Save the Children has been preparing vulnerable communities for natural disasters and works with the g
Nearly two years since typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines, advocacy teams from ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision take a step back to evaluate their respective advocacy engagements. This report puts together w
The Youth Resilience Programme: Psychosocial support in and out of school has been developed by Save the Children as an independent continuation of the Children’s Resilience Programme. The programme is a nonclinical psychosocial and protection methodolo