June 4, 2014
The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has awarded the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University a nearly $925,000 grant to develop a framework for measuring child resilience and well-being in Mali.
Along with local partners at the University of Mali, the academy will spend the next 18 months delving into the factors that promote the well-being of Malian children in order to generate effective strategies and coping mechanisms for children in risk-prone areas.
“Understanding the outcomes and factors that help resilient children succeed is a complex challenge, requiring researchers to consider a wide range of personal, familial, social and environmental outcomes and factors that could contribute to the successful adaptation,” said Ky Luu, the academy’s executive director and the study’s principal investigator.
Since 2011, Mali – one of the poorest countries in the world – has been faced with numerous crises, including political instability, food and nutrition deficiencies and seasonal flooding. In an effort to significantly help children and families recover from stresses and shocks associated with these crises, UNICEF has adapted its thinking and approach to include resilience as a pillar of planning, programming and policy.
“We see many examples where certain children deal with an adverse event such as conflict, drought and displacement better than others,” Luu said. “We want to know why. Understanding these characteristics or capacities that enable some children to be better off or more resilient can allow us to mitigate the impact of future adverse events and improve the well-being of children in Mali."
The DRLA is an interdisciplinary academic center that aims to increase resilience in communities and individuals impacted by disaster. It integrates education, research and application, and includes faculty from the Tulane School of Architecture, A. B. Freeman School of Business, School of Law, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and School of Social Work.
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