Building the Resilience of Small States

A Revised Framework

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Some small states enjoy relatively high GDP per capita –giving the impression of economic strength – when in reality these economies are fragile and disproportionately affected by adverse economic shocks, natural disasters and extreme weather events.

The Commonwealth resilience framework has been developed to identify both the national policies required to build resilience and the areas in which regional and international development partners can provide support.

This study refines and expands the framework to cover areas such as governance, environmental management and social development. It proposes policy measures for building resilience and ways in which the resilience framework for small states can be embedded in national planning to help stakeholders to agree priority areas for policy intervention.



Strengthening Environmental Management in the Context of Resilience Building in Commonwealth Small States

Building resilience is an important element of small states’ efforts to withstand inherent and policy-induced vulnerabilities and fully embrace and benefit from globalisation. Research suggests that the key requirements for resilience are macro-economic stability, market efficiency, good governance, good environmental governance, and equitable and inclusive social development.


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