Resilience from the ground up: how are local resilience perceptions and global frameworks aligned?

Emilie Beauchamp, Jennifer Abdella, Susannah Fisher, John McPeak, Hannah Patnaik, Papa Koulibaly, Daouda Cissé, Mamadou Touré, Aly Bocoum, Momath Ndao, Yacouba Deme, Bara Gueye

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Numerous resilience measurement frameworks for climate programmes have emerged over the past decade to operationalise the concept and aggregate results within and between programmes. Proxies of resilience, including subjective measures using perception data, have been proposed to measure resilience, but there is limited evidence on their validity and use for policy and practice. This article draws on research on the Decentralising Climate Funds project of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters programme, which supports communities in Mali and Senegal to improve climate resilience through locally controlled adaptation funds. It explores attributes of resilience from this bottom-up perspective to assess its predictors and alignment with food security, as a proxy of well-being. We find different patterns when comparing resilience and the well-being proxy, illustrating that the interplay between the two is still unclear. Results also point to the importance of contextualising resilience, raising implications for aggregating results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S295-S317
Issue numberS3
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Sahel
  • climate adaptation
  • food security
  • resilience
  • subjective indicators
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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