R4S – Resilience Nexus – Resilience for Systems guidebook

[see below for the guidebook]


About Us

Our Work

GOAL´s works in resilience measurement commenced in Honduras during 2009 while developing the “Study of Indigenous Disaster Preparedness and Response Practices in Gracias a Dios” funded by OFDA. Its findings, combined with GOAL’s wide experience in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), from then on, shaped the foundation of our resilience expertise. Following a series of trial examinations on the topic, GOAL by 2016 designed and published the ARC-D (Analysis of Resilience in Communities to Disaster) Toolkit; over this time, it was also extensively field tested and rolled-out across 11 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean.

The second and enhanced version of the ARC-D issued at the end of 2016 has triggered GOAL’s important progress in being recognized as a leading expert in disaster resilience and is now being widely used.

In Honduras and Haiti, additional progress has been made in approaches such as “Barrio Resiliente”, which offers a more holistic vision of what it means to build resilience in communities. Going further, GOAL Global Research Fund financed during 2016, an initial guidance for the “Resilience for Social Systems (R4S) Toolkit”, a set of resources for mapping and analyzing the resilience of socioeconomic systems. Please see the Resources section for more information on the R4S.

Our Resilience Framework answers four key questions: Resilience of whom? –the target group we intend to strengthened through resilience programming in the context it is immersed in; Resilience to what? –to the shocks and stresses that the target population is exposed to; Resilience of what? –the systems and levels we plan to work with; and Resilience through what? –by strengthening/building the absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of the target group and systems.


Source: R4S – Resilience Nexus



Resilience for Systems

The R4S Approach was developed in 2016 by GOAL’s Resilience, Innovation and Learning Hub (RILH) to inform a resilience approach to the implementation of humanitarian and development interventions by improving the understanding of socio-economic systems and how they react to shocks and stresses. GOAL strives to strengthen understanding of these dynamics, to enable better programming that addresses root causes of vulnerability rather than symptoms alone.The R4S intends to provide mechanisms for analysing the current resilience state of critical socio-economic systems and leads to recommendations on how to build or strengthen the resilience of these systems, ultimately contributing to more inclusive and resilient societies.

The R4S approach applies and combines Systems Thinking, Network Theory, Scenario Thinking, Social and Behaviour Change, Inclusion and Resilience tools to provide a practical and structured step by step process. One of the central innovations of the R4S, that will characterize the way we work, is its mapping tool which aims to improve understanding and analysis of complex socio-economic systems and how they would react to different shocks and stresses. At least, but not last, the R4S provides new guidance on analysing the six Determinant Factors of Resilient systems: Connectivity, Diversity, Redundancy, Governance, Participation and Learning. Finally, we encourage you to join us in this journey of building more inclusive and resilient societies by learning and hopefully, implementing the R4S approach in your programming.

Source: R4S – Resilience Nexus