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Measuring, assessing, profiling (MAP) community resilience: psychosocial dimensions
Astier Almedom
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Using mixed methods to analyze household and community resilience in conflict affected areas of South Sudan
Marco D'errico  1@  , Daniel Maxwell  2, *@  , Luca Russo  1@  
1 : Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN  (FAO)
2 : Tuft University
* : Corresponding author

Household resilience is regularly reduced by both natural and human-driven shocks; this increases many aspects of vulnerability particularly in those countries or contexts where governments are not able to provide the necessary protection. In such contexts interventions that increase resilience at household and communities level, while increasing local authorities' capacity, are needed.

In order to better understand existing gaps and needs in household resilience and institutional environment, and in order to evaluate the impact of the interventions, a model is needed which include a resilience analysis and an assessment of the role of institutions.  

This paper describes the application of a mixed method approach to analyze resilience in selected areas of Jonglei and Upper Nile States, South Sudan, as part of the collaboration between the Sustainable Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC), represented by Tufts University, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). South Sudan is a context particularly prone to this type of analysis, given that for long time the country has suffered for conflicts caused by claims and rights disputes over access to resources.

The paper is based on the findings of a series of surveys undertaken in areas covered by an FAO managed project aiming at promoting food security and sustainable development as a way to reduce conflicts over the access to natural resources. It describes how a robust econometric methodology developed by FAO has been integrated with qualitative data collection methods. The use of mixed approach, has also provided important insights of local level state-buildings and state-formation processes, as well as of community perceptions of state legitimacy, and if and how service provision actually leads to state-building and longer-term stability. Main findings of the analysis and related policy implications are presented together with lessons learned concerning the use of mixed methods for resilience analysis.  

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