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FSIN Technical Series No. 6: Systems Analysis in the Context of Resilience

The Food Security Information Network supports the development and harmonization of resilience measurement methods. In this context a resilience measurement technical working group (RM TWG) composed of renowned experts was constituted to lead the development of principles and a common analytical model for resilience measurement.

This paper elaborates on the concepts presented in Technical Series Nos. 1 and 2 regarding the definition, principles and proposed common analytical model for resilience measurement.

Resilience has been described as a complex systems issue (Constas et al., 2014a & 2014b). In very general terms, systems thinking “is a way of thinking about, and a language for describing and understanding, the forces and interactions that shape the behaviour of systems” (Senge, 1990). In the context of this paper, systems thinking aims to understand communities and households in vulnerable areas as part of broader complex and interconnected sub-systems (including food, markets, and political, social and ecological networks) that interact with shocks and stresses. Systems analysis has been adopted by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group as integral to the task of developing a causal and analytical framework for resilience measurement.

In this systems cluster paper, we describe the implications of systems thinking and analytical techniques, particularly for collecting and analysing information for resilience programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

FSIN Resilience Measurement Technical Working Group
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