What it's about:
This flagship U.N. report looks at the how voluntary action of ordinary people contributes to or inhibits community resilience.
Volunteers are especially visible in times of crises - during disasters, calamities, etc. Such volunteerism is a major resource for development efforts, the value of which far surpasses that of more technical or financial resilience interventions.
The report draws out findings from 15 communities around the world which illustrate that the flexibility, speed, and availability of voluntary action fortify the capacities needed by communities to bounce back and even bounce back better by transforming themselves in the process.
Resilience is strengthened only when the participation of all people is nurtured and supported.
Why it's noteworthy:
This report provides evidence that local volunteerism is a fundamental resilience strategy and a core property
of resilient communities.
It also reinforces the notion that people-centred solutions can be a core element of broader resilience interventions.
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