Resilience measure: Multi-level capacity building


According to the UNDP, in the global context, capacity refers to the ability of individuals and institutions to make and implement decisions and perform functions in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner. At the individual level, capacity building refers to the process of changing attitudes and behaviours-imparting knowledge and developing skills while maximizing the benefits of participation, knowledge exchange and ownership. At the institutional level it focuses on the overall organizational performance and functioning capabilities, as well as the ability of an organization to adapt to change. It aims to develop the institution as a total system, including individuals groups and the organization itself. UNDP sees capacity development as the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. One of the major challenges of the capacity building process is to overcome the "entrapment effect". This entrapment is reflected by a reluctance of the stakeholders towards involvement or towards new approaches that are unknown and require changes in the mindset and the lifestyle.
(Coastal Wiki, The Capacity Building Concept, accessed on Sept. 2016)

Co-benefits and impacts

Improve stakeholders involvement. Public awareness of their risk and what they can do to prepare and respond to events can increase the social resilience of a city and its ability to respond. Additionally capacity-building between organisations, particularly those with interconnected functions such as water, power, transport etc would increase the ability of a city or region to respond to an event in a collaborative and well-planned way. Further, increasing collaboration can result in better planning outcomes which may reduce the long-term risk of impacts from shock events. As with comments above, this is also true for droughts.

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