Culture, Vulnerability & Resilience in Madagascar

Culture is increasingly being recognised as playing a key role in Disaster Risk Reducation and development. This study looks at the relationship between culture and vulnerability in two villages in Madagascar, to examine how socio-cultural factors impact the vulnerability and resilience of local people.

Culture is increasingly being recognised as playing a key role in Disaster Risk Reducation and development. This study looks at the relationship between culture and vulnerability in two villages in Madagascar, to examine how socio-cultural factors impact the vulnerability and resilience of local people.

The study found that traditional belief systems and values, associated with a strong culture, could be seen to increase certain metrics of vulnerability. These were, however, generally offset by increased levels of social capital and kinship, which contributed to community resilience. The study reflects on western conceptual frameworks such as the Vulnerability & Capacities Index, and highlights the importance of including key cultural factors into resilience frameworks despite their innate complexity.

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