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Technical Lead (Climate Risk Management), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

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Concepts and Practices of "Resilience": A compilation from various secondary sources.

This is one of the pioneering compilations of the literature on resilience. Right after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, when the Coastal Community Resilience (CCR) program of the USAID-IOTWS was shaping up, this compilation by Atiq Kainan Ahmed (Social Scientist, USAID-IOTWS Program Integrator), developed a detailed scan of exiting works ranging various definitions (academic and institutional), concepts, and practices of resilience-related works til then a state of art. This literature provided a ready reference for researchers and practitioners to align their then working concepts and framing of the concept. This publication is archived in the USAID's online pdf archival portal and remains to date as one of the pioneering compilations of concepts and practices of resilience. Further information can be sought from the author over email at:

Transforming disaster risk governance in the Asia-Pacific

This is a powerful article written by Atiq Kainan Ahmed, one of the prominent DRR and CRM experts in the Asia-Pacific region. This article was published as an OP-ED in 'The Jakarta Post ' and sends a mindful message to the DRR, climate, development, and risk management communities. Although much progress has been made in risk governance since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the community still failed to anticipate this massive pandemic of COVID-19. We are still taking our actions in 'silos' and 'doomed into our own domains' the article says. It flags the need to break out of these silos before moving ahead with any wholesale effort of transformation or change in the future. It says, we need to 'rethink passionately' before attempting any meaningful change or positive transformation. One has to come out of their siloed comfort zones first and then look for solutions that are conducive to the whole system with coherence.