From systemic risks to systemic resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for risk management and recovery in the SADC

Hagenlocher, Michael, Sparkes, Edward, Manyuchi, Albert, Kita, Stern, Cotti, Davide, Nkemakonam, Naomi Ukatu, Pfeiffer, Samira, Werners, Saskia E., Gina, Sithembiso, Banda, Alex and Dlamini, Nana (2023). From systemic risks to systemic resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for risk management and recovery in the SADC. Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) Secretariat Disaster Risk Reduction Unit (DRRU).

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    Author Hagenlocher, Michael
    Sparkes, Edward
    Manyuchi, Albert
    Kita, Stern
    Cotti, Davide
    Nkemakonam, Naomi Ukatu
    Pfeiffer, Samira
    Werners, Saskia E.
    Gina, Sithembiso
    Banda, Alex
    Dlamini, Nana
    Title From systemic risks to systemic resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for risk management and recovery in the SADC
    Publication Date 2023-11
    Place of Publication Gaborone
    Publisher Southern African Development Community Secretariat (SADC) Secretariat Disaster Risk Reduction Unit (DRRU)
    Pages 10
    Language eng
    Abstract In our interconnected world, the impacts of climate change, hazards and shocks are increasingly felt across economic sectors and borders, undermining progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This calls for a paradigm shift in how we are used to manage risks and recover from disasters – namely from hazard-by-hazard and sectoral approaches to a systems approach that takes a whole-of-society perspective. This policy brief presents recommendations from the project “Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for understanding and managing cascading and systemic risks in the SADC region (CARICO SADC)” funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in collaboration with the Disaster Risk Reduction unit of the Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC). In this project, the Republics of Malawi and South Africa served as case studies to document country-level examples that show how the pandemic exacerbated risks in specific contexts. In consultation with the SADC DRR Unit, thematic focuses were placed on gender, informality and cross-border collaboration. Based on stakeholder workshops in Malawi and South Africa, desk study, and a review of COVID-19 response and recovery plans in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, this policy brief: - Highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has interacted with other hazards and shocks in the SADC region and led to cascading impacts across sectors and borders, - Emphasises the opportunities that lie in accounting for the systemic nature of risk in risk assessment, management and recovery, - Provides recommendations for systemic recovery from COVID-19 and concurring hazards in the SADC region. In doing so, we advocate for enabling inclusive, cross-sectoral and transboundary approaches for risk management and recovery that consider all relevant hazards to strengthen systemic resilience. This encompasses the full spectrum of possible compounding and cascading effects for different social groups and across sectors.
    Keyword Systemic risks
    Systemic recovery
    Risk management and recovery pathways
    Multihazard
    Southern African Development Community
    Copyright Holder SADC Secretariat
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type Creative commons
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