Resilience for Development Colloquium 2017

12 Jun 2017 - 09:45


Roy Bouwer’s presentation in the Building City Region Resilience in Africa: lessons from practice section of the workshop looked at social networks in urban climate risk governance, looking specifically at how social ties within local governments can equip officials with the capacity to cope with the uncertainties and complexities of African cities.  Roy is an African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) Master’s student and is also part of the GRG, Fulcrum Institutions and Sustainability Programme (FISP).


The resilience for development colloquium took place in Johannesburg from the 8th to 10th of May 2017. The colloquium was organised as a collaboration between the Southern African Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (SAPECS) and the Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development (GRAID) of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The major themes from the colloquium were arranged into the 8 key research themes being:

  • Resilience assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • Creating transformative spaces
  • City resilience and infrastructure
  • Indigenous and local knowledge for stewardship and resilience
  • Science-society partnerships for building resilience and transformation
  • Addressing inequality and human well-being through ecosystem, services
    Human rights and the Anthropocene
  • Achieving the SDGS in Africa

The three day event featured various concurrent sessions ranging from plenary sessions, contributed talks, workshops and dialogue sessions. A think piece was produced as an output of the mini-workshop.

The workshop was organised by Jessica Kavonic (ICLEI) and Alice McClure (FRACTAL). Other presenters included Gina Ziervogel (University of Cape Town), and Coleen Vogel (University of Witswatersrand). Presentations from the speakers set the scene for interactive dialogue regarding principles for building resilience in African cities.