Building Resilience through Iterative Processes: Mainstreaming ancestral knowledge, social movements, and the making of sustainable programming in Bolivia

Sep 08, 2017 | by
  • Description

This case study takes a retrospective look at the 2010-11 Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO) Small-Scale Disaster Project in La Paz and the context within which it took place. Our research found that absorptive, adaptive, and transformative capacities can be fostered by iterative development processes. It also demonstrated that disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are strongly tied to resilient, sustainable, long-term development. Resilience, however, is not an a priori conceptual framework of development programming; rather it is a life process engendered within specific communities. Consequently, development practitioners must construct programs based on rigorous, ethical, and sound research integrating scientific with local and ancestral knowledge. This is the only approach that can generate environmentally healthy and productive, sustainable, and equitable life systems.

This report is part of a series that seeks to draw lessons from resilience projects in Latin America and the Pacific. Follow the links below to the other papers in the series:

  • Addressing Water Shortages: A catalyst for more resilient development in Fiji
  • "Disaster is Nature Telling Us How to Live Resiliently": Indigenous disaster risk reduction, organizing, and spirituality in Tierradentro, Colombia
  • Learning from Hindsight: Synthesis report on Oxfam resilience research

This research was conducted with the support of the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Building Resilience through Iterative Processes: Mainstreaming ancestral knowledge, social movements, and the making of sustainable programming in Bolivia