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Building Resilience in Rural Communities

Rural topic(s): Civic engagement, local governance and dialogue, Education and training in rural areas, Rural youth

Type: methodology guide

Date of publication: January 1, 2008

Author(s) of the document: The University of Queensland


How can a sense of community contribute to the resilience of individuals and groups?

The authors explain how resilience refers to the capacity of an individual or community to cope with stress, overcome adversity or adapt positively to change. The toolkit contains eleven resilience concepts which incorporate the factors most commonly reported, in the authors’ research, as enhancing community and individual resilience.

Case studies of how the resilience concept has been applied in other programmes or communities are provided. In addition each concept section contains a synopsis of how the concept relates to community-wide interview findings from the authors’ study of Stanthorpe community in Australia.



Scale of intervention : Regional

Keywords: empowerment of rural communities, resilience

Actors: rural population, local community, inhabitants