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Resilience is defined as the capacity of an individual, household, community, country or region to resist, adapt to and rapidly recuperate from constraints or shocks. The most important concept in this definition is to be in a position to “bounce back”. Rather than speaking of “vulnerability” with its negative connotations, the concept of resilience underlines the positive capacities of individuals, communities, societies and institutions. It is a notion that is central to the complex issue of linking relief and development, and it is linked to issues of risk reduction, early recovery, etc.

Following the Hyogo Framework for Action (Kobe, 2005), the concept of resilience was firmly established in 2010 with the evaluation of British aid (DFID) and has since become omnipresent in the field of humanitarian action. The idea of resilience has been accepted by bilateral and multilateral bodies, and more and more NGOs are exploring ways of implementing it in the field. Groupe URD has been involved in these developments for a certain number of years. Having actively contributed to the analysis of the concept, we are now focusing more on its practical and operational implications, as is evident from our activities on the subject in 2014.

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