To date, most resources on resilience are quite lengthy. Some of the most helpful book-length resources on building resilience include:

Vulnerability to Resilience, Practical Action, 2011

This book offers a practical framework for resilience programming. It recommends integrating livelihood-strengthening work with disaster preparedness, adaptive capacity building and improved governance.

The V2R framework:

Building resilience diagram - The V2R framework


Towards Resilience, Emergency Capacity Building Project 2013

This book offers ten principles of resilience programming, and then applies them to many specific sectors and settings (eg water and sanitation, natural resource management, conflict).  

1. Increase understanding of the hazard and climate change context

6. Foster synergy between multiple levels

2. Increase understanding of exposure, vulnerability and capacity

7. Draw on and build diverse sources of knowledge

3. Recognise rights and responsibilities

8. Instil flexibility and responsiveness

4. Strengthen participation of, and action by, the population at risk

9. Address different timescales

5. Promote systemic engagement and change

10. Do no harm


Related resources:


Rethinking Support for Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change, ODI–ACCRA, 2010 (PDF 3.2 MB)

This powerful report shows how many 'normal' development projects do not actually increase a community’s ability to adapt to an uncertain future. To make genuine improvements to community resilience, we must focus on institution-building, turning information into knowledge, and encouraging in the community experimentation and flexible decision-making.