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National Consortium for Societal Resilience [UK+] - Part 2

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

Societal Resilience: A view from DLUHC - Colin Payne


This was a very timely and topical insight into what is being done at the national level. And, an effective example of maintaining good engagement, discussion and momentum following on from the governments publication of the national resilience framework at the end of 2022 and the recent refresh of the Integrated Review, which strengthened and re-iterated that National drive towards building a more #resilientnation

This spoke to the importance of linking between central government and LRF’s to build a broader view of existing functions and mechanisms. Particularly when thinking about how we can collectively and collaboratively bring forwards this resilience shift in line with national ambitions.


It was exciting to hear how the stronger LRF programme intends to iteratively develop and pilot new models for responsible innovation and transformation. To strengthen existing capabilities and but also explore and tap into previously unrealised capacity and capabilities, through this broader perspective to local policy and place making approaches.

This is an approach I strongly welcome - An approach grounded in known practises internationally from disaster risk reduction. Which recognises the need to address complex local risk management challenges through the lens of local sustainability issues using community-based participatory approaches.


I really look forward to a follow up discussion with Colin Payne on the topic of local place making and policy making through- sustainable and appropriate local development - specifically - neighbourhood planning as a supporting resilience capability (both process and policy) and, as a potential model for mainstreaming risk reduction and resilience.


Reflecting further, the biggest thing I am extremely excited to see as it develops - the baseline assessment and evaluation process. Specifically- the use of indicators, value for money metrics, and the integration of social science qualitative data - to deepen and enhance our understanding of local contexts, communities, and the spatial-temporal fluidity of vulnerability and capacity.

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