Loss of lives, livelihoods, dignity and aspiration
USAID defines Resilience as ‘the ability of people, households, communities, countries and systems to mitigate, adapt to and recover
from shocks and stresses in a manner thatreduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth.
The Role of Civil Society in pursuing the the protection and empowerement of communities and individuals. The re-engineering of the structures and institutions of State to focus on the individual/communities as the referent object of security in the design and implementation of National Development and Security Policies.
Only resilient communities, companies, and countries will prosper in the 21stCentury. Identifying what it takes to be resilient and acting on that knowledge will be indispensible to achieving growth, safety, and security within the global community.
The emphasis on resilience also has the salutary effect of requiring open and participatory processes that enlist and strengthen civil society.
Resilience cannot be imposed from above by security and law enforcement professionals operating behind closed doors. It must be cultivated from below for it takes individuals, communities, and companies, each pursuing efforts within their respective spans of control, to build societal resilience.