Assessing Resilience: Why Quantification Misses the Point
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August 19, 2014
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In recent years, ‘resilience’ has been used to encompass a vast range of issues, from sustainable development and food security, to adaptation to climate change and the need to give greater priority to addressing vulnerability. This wide appeal has within it the seeds of confusion – how to combine such varied interests, and how to […]

INEE’s two-day Conflict Sensitive Education Training matierials in Arabic and French
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August 14, 2014
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Please find INEE’s excellent two-day Conflict Sensitive Education Training matierials in Arabic and French at the link below: Peace and Collaborative Development Network Building Bridges, Networks and Expertise Across Sectors Craig Zelizer Check out the discussion ‘INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Training Now Available in Arabic and French’ Discussion posted by Tzvetomira Laub: 2-Day INEE Conflict Sensitive Education […]

Global Mapping of UNICEF Communication for Development (C4D) Interventions in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Summary This mapping examines the use of Communication for Development (C4D) in peacebuilding efforts. It is one of the core activities proposed by UNICEF’s Communication for Development Section to support the multi-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme, managed by the Education Section and involving 14 Country Offices. The findings of this initial mapping are meant to inform UNICEF Country Offices about effective C4D programs in peacebuilding across […]

Social Cohesion
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June 12, 2014
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Summary Investigators interested in developing a general theory of social cohesion are confronted with a complex body of work that involves various definitions of social cohesion, specialized literature on particular dimensions of social cohesion (e.g., membership turnover, organizational commitment, categorical identifications, interpersonal attachments, network structures), and lines of inquiry focused on the social cohesion of specific types of groups (e.g., […]

What Matters Most for Students in Contexts of Adversity: A Framework Paper

Summary This paper presents the conceptual background and operational tools of the World Bank’s Education Resilience Approaches (ERA) Program. It begins by grounding the program in its theoretical evidence base before discussing the guiding principles and tools that operationalize this. This paper presents the tools developed under the ERA Program and several key principles that […]

Making Sense of Resilience in Peacebuilding Contexts: Approaches, Applications, Implications
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June 12, 2014
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Summary Based on a speech delivered at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform on “Operationalising resilience in peacebuilding contexts: approaches, lessons, action points,” this paper aims at providing a basis to better understand the idea of resilience in peacebuilding. This paper specifically focuses on four key issues: (1) resilience as a multi-disciplinary academic concept; (2) the relationship […]

Defining and Measuring Social Cohesion
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June 12, 2014
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Summary This research paper discusses social cohesion and its impact on social development and is organised into three main sections. Part 1 examines the literature on social cohesion, and identifies three different ‘families’ of usage and the empirical grounding of each. Part 2 presents a range of indicators that have been used to measure social cohesion. They vary significantly, according […]

The Nexus Between Violent Conflict, Social Capital and Social Cohesion: Case Studies From Cambodia and Rwanda
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June 11, 2014
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Summary There is growing empirical evidence that social capital contributes significantly to sustainable development. Sustainability is to leave future generations as many, or more, opportunities as we ourselves have had. Growing opportunity requires an expanding stock of capital. The traditional composition of natural capital, physical or produced capital, and human capital needs to be broadened to include social capital. […]

RES-360 Resilience In Education Systems – Rapid Assessment Manual, World Bank
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June 11, 2014
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One of the Education Resilience Approaches (ERA) Program’s first major tools, the RES-360 rapid assessment helps both national education institutions (e.g. Ministries of Education) and schools to identify the risks confronting education communities – especially students. It also points to the assets and positive engagement in schools and communities that, if recognized and supported, can […]

Child Status Index Training Manual
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June 6, 2014
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Summary This is a guide for trainers and care workers in the effective use of the Child Status Index, a tool for assessing, monitoring and responding to the well-being of children orphaned or otherwise made vulnerable as a result of HIV/AIDS. The Child Status Index (CSI) provides a framework for identifying the needs of children, creating individualized goal-directed […]