Tearfund's Understanding of Resilience

by Chris McDonald – September 2019

At Tearfund we believe that release from poverty can only happen when individuals and communities are resilient to shocks and stresses; they are able to plan and implement solutions to address their own issues and those around them; they have been able to move from just striving to surviving to a fuller sense of thriving and flourishing. This paper unpacks what we mean by Resilience and what we believe underpins it. It is submitted to this conference to spark debate and discussion, to recognise that the seeds of disasters are planted long before the disaster event overcomes people – that everything we do to assist the poor will either help them reduce their disaster risk or increase it.