Chapter 27. Applications of a Resilience Framework to COVID-19: Reframing Our Work


Rustico “Rusty” Biñas
Global Advisor on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building, Bata Bacolod, Philippines

Part of the book: The Challenges of Disaster Planning, Management, and Resilience


Asa “We are all in this together but with differential disaster risk.” Many would say that resilience is just a convenient buzz word used by development and humanitarian workers. But resilience is a framework and a tool determining the degree of risk. It describes measures to increase capacities and reduce hazard impact on people and element at risk to avert disaster. “Disaster Risk Analysis” is a systematic process of consolidating the findings on a hazard, vulnerability, and capacity assessments to determine the risk levels for various elements at risk which are person, livelihood, infrastructures, ecosystem services, etc. The analysis contributes to the community’s awareness of potential COVID-19 risks for each element at risk and enables the community to define community action to reduce disaster risk. The “Resilience Framework” helps in understanding the interrelatedness of the capacities and guides the risk assessment. It is an essential precursor to decision-making in COVID-19 risk reduction, as well as the formulation of development policies, strategies, plans (development and contingency), programs, and projects. Resilience is hazard-specific! Resilience is people and element at risk specific! Resilience is space-specific! Resilience is time-specific! Resilience requires specific attention which can be realized by the application of the “Resilience Framework”!


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