The resilience challenge in the midst of complex emergencies: a broader understanding of livelihood changes in north Kenya dry-lands, Turkana County

My research investigates the problematic and challenging concept of resilience. I am looking at patterns of adaptation in contexts where crises/shocks/emergencies are not exceptions but the rule, being protracted or repeated over long periods of time. It aims at increasing the understanding of the resilience of Turkana food security, livelihoods and individual and collective identity in the midst of complex emergencies. This study is conducted from the empirical and grounded perspective of local households and communities and from the institutional perspective of development and humanitarian organisations working in the territory, with the hope to help international and local agencies in more sustainable and effective programming.   

Greta Semplici
Research Student