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Resilience in the context of Torit (Based on a comparison 2019-2020 of AVSI Household Multi-sectors Survey)

Subject/Objective: 

To have a conversation on resilience starting from a specific case (Torit county) on the base of what we know about such place (how conditions changed over the course of 1 year characterized by good rain and relative stability, who gained and who did not, in which sort of community things progressed better, to what extent that was supported by aid, and in which instances aid might have actually brought problems along with relief). This is a novelty compared to the all too common discussion on resilience, which is centered on ways to define and measure such a concept regardless of a specific place or time 

Methodology: 

Comparison between two Multisector Houshold surveys conducted in the same period at one year of distance (Feb 2019 and 2020) 

Key findings: 

Relying on local sales and barter, especially among communities where there is a diversity of economic activities (farming, livestock, fishing), may reduce dependency from markets, where prices are volatile, and thus lead to greater resilience.

To a large extent resilience takes place at the community level, not at the household level. emergency-oriented support, focused around the notion of household vulnerability, it is no particularly sensitive to community-level resilience, and has led to unplanned results in some instances (aid fatigue). 

Informal safety net account for up to a 1/10th of the entire farming production, a share of resources that is not much different compared to more formalized safety nets in emerging country. 

Communal farming is very significant and it is a paradigmatic example of a preexisting resilience capacity of traditional communities, which, if not properly understood and recognized, risks to be undermined; In fact there are consistent evidence that shows that, unaware of such traditional communal farming habits, some partners have assumed the need to form new farming groups, instead of strengthening those already active, undermining communities’' resilience, and implementing projects with mixed results. 

Especially in Greater Equatoria, increasing resilience, requires to think carefully about nutrient sensitive food security, bringing education services outside of main urban settlements, and turn returnees into an opportunity for sustainable recovery  

Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Publicly Available
Contact(s): 
Bruno Nazim Baroni
bruno.baroni@avsi.org
+211 923 809 070 (Mobile)
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Assessment Date(s): 
22 Jan 2020 to 15 Feb 2020
Status: 
Report completed
Collection Method(s): 
Structured Interview
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
AVSI Foundation
Location(s): 
Torit