If a small village is subject to an external shock like a drought, a war, or a flood, its residents will likely suffer material and/or human losses, but hopefully rebuild and thrive. If that same village suffers from those shocks repeatedly, it begins to define who they are as a community.
Community resilience—the ability of communities to return to some kind of normalcy after a crisis—will become increasingly important in the future as a changing climate makes extreme weather more common. In order to effectively build community resilience, we need to better understand how communities are affected by external shocks.
In our latest project, Climate Interactive will be constructing system dynamics-based models that seek to do exactly that. Together with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), International Alert (IA) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, we will be examining how repeated displacement impacts community resilience in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).