REVIEW ARTICLE: RESILIENCE, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 598–623, July 2014
How to Cite
Béné, C., Newsham, A., Davies, M., Ulrichs, M. and Godfrey-Wood, R. (2014), REVIEW ARTICLE: RESILIENCE, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT. J. Int. Dev., 26: 598–623. doi: 10.1002/jid.2992
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 21 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 DEC 2012
- UK Department for International Development (DFID)
- Irish Aid-IDS
- pro-poor interventions;
Resilience has become prominent in academia where it is used as a central framework in disciplines such as ecology, climate change adaptation or urban planning. Policy makers and international development agencies also increasingly refer to it. The objective of this paper is to assess the advantages and limits of resilience in the context of development. Although the review highlights some positive elements—for example, the ability to foster an integrated approach—it also shows that resilience has important limitations. In particular, it is not a pro-poor concept, in the sense that it does not exclusively apply to, or benefit, the poor. As such, resilience building cannot replace poverty reduction. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.