The emergence of urban community resilience initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic: An international exploratory study

Jan Fransen, O Peralta, F Vanelli, Jurian Edelenbos, BC Oliver

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Abstract

All over the world, urban communities take initiative in order to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. This study conducts a literature review and an international exploratory study in order to identify pathways within which Community Resilience Initiatives (CRIs) emerge within different governance contexts. The CRIs target vulnerable communities, which are hard to reach. Our study results identify four pathways: (1) informal bottom-up community initiatives; (2) formal community initiatives emerging out of existing community-based initiatives; (3) initiatives of external actors, often NGOs, universities or governments and (4) networks of organisations whom together initiate action in response to COVID-19. The pathways lead to different types, scales and complexities of the initiatives. However, all face similar barriers related to funding, weak networks and limited cooperation. CRIs often perceive the government agencies to be unreliable and unsupportive which in turn also hampers CRI’s emergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432–454
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2021

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© European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) 2021.

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