Resilience systems analysis framework

The OECD’s resilience systems analysis framework takes a systems approach, building on a shared understanding of both a wide range of risks and stresses and the multi-dimensional aspects of well-being. The approach has been developed to ensure that decision makers can operationalise plans to strengthen resilience in the system, and integrate these aspects into policies, strategies and development efforts at every layer of society to improve well-being and better cope with shocks and uncertainties. For a more comprehensive description of the methodology underlying the resilience systems analysis please visit here .

The OECD has been supporting OECD Development Assistance Committee Member States and their partners to incorporate resilience systems analyses into their strategy and planning processes for the past two years – including analyses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, with further analyses planned in Myanmar, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.


The resilience systems analysis framework can be adapted to assist policy professionals and decision-makers at national, regional, metropolitan and local levels of society to help them better operationalise resilience, taking account of:

  • elements that address the complexity and inter-linkages of different risks. It takes into account, for example, how disasters can also trigger economic shocks, and how conflicts can also leave people more exposed to disaster
  • uncertainty and change, by exploring how long-term trends such as climate change, governance and insecurity, economic marginalisation and volatility, environmental degradation, and demographic changes can change the nature and impact of shocks
  • focusing on the system, not the risk, aiming to strengthen the systems that people use to support their all-round well-being, no matter what risks they face, building on existing capacities
  • understanding the importance of power relations in helping or hindering resilience
  • taking into account both large scale and small scale shocks, given that frequent, low impact events, like illness, can also have a devastating impact on people’s lives.


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