Resilience – lessons from international contexts

Dr Cathy Hynds reviews the lessons for Scotland’s volunteering response to COVID-19 drawing upon her international development experience.

International experience shows that unless the response to a crisis builds up the resilience and capacities of the poorest and most vulnerable, the scale of the disaster increases according to the following equation: scale of disaster equals (hazard) x (exposure) x (vulnerability).

This presentation from the VSSN conference in September 2020 draws upon the theory of international resilience programming to analyze the shape and effectiveness of the COVID-19 volunteering recovery response in Scotland.

It examines the three capacities of resilience: absorptive – minimizing exposure to the hazard; adaptive – developing alternative strategies to improve wellbeing; and transformative – developing a new system to reduce impact of the crisis.


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