The Role of Social Capital in Reinforcing Community Resilience

Over recent years, the concept of community resilience has gained prominence in the humanitarian and development context, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has promoted it through guidelines and practical work, defining it as “the ability of communities exposed to disasters and crises and the underlying vulnerabilities to anticipate, reduce the impact of, cope with, and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long-term prospects” (IFRC 2012:7).