UBC Faculty Research and Publications

Water, equity and resilience in Southern Africa : future directions for research and practice Rodina, Lucy; Baker, Lawrence A.; Galvin, Mary; Goldin, Jaqueline; Harris, Leila; Manungufala, Thomani; Musemwa, Muchaparara; Sutherland, Catherine; Ziervogel, Gina, 1975-


Drawing from the proceedings of an expert workshop with academics, researchers, government and NGO participants working in diverse countries in southern Africa and beyond, this paper reviews the discourse on resilience, both conceptually and in practice. We highlight opportunities to develop and apply more situated, equity-sensitive and context-relevant understanding of resilience, particularly in the water sector. To pursue more just and resilient water futures in highly unequal and water stressed regions, we propose that researchers and practitioners (1) place greater emphasis on the transformative potential of resilience, (2) broaden the social dimensions of resilience to account more fully for intangible and other social factors, (3) engage critically with the decision-making processes and practices of building resilience, (4) contribute to the development of indicators and guidelines for building just and resilient water futures, (5) strengthen the role of situated knowledges, (6) critically engage with scale and boundaries in complex adaptive systems, and (7) strengthen the policy-science-civil society interface.

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