Development Resilience: Theory, Measurement, and Implications


Ever since the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa, development and humanitarian response agencies have refocused considerable energy and investments around an oft ill-defined concept of “resilience." This talk will propose a conceptual foundation for resilience as it is applied to international development and humanitarian response applications, drawing on the economics literature on stochastic well-being dynamics, as described in Barrett and Constas (PNAS 2014). It will then go on to describe how that concept of development resilience can be implemented in individual and household data and aggregated to describe populations. Illustrative examples from northern Kenya will highlight some of the benefits of this approach and how the development resilience measure can be used in development and relief programming.


Speakers / Related People
Christopher B. Barrett

Kellogg Advisory Board member Christopher B. Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He is also a professor of economics and a fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell...
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