Problematising resilience: development practice and the case of Palestine

Article by Emma Patricia Keelan & Brendan Ciarán Browne

We are pleased to share free access to our new article on the concept of resilience and development practice as applied in Palestine. The article argues that uncritical application of the language of resilience is deeply problematic in places such as Palestine where the asymmetrical nature of the conflict is sustained by international political inertia, significant aid dependency, and intersectional and multi-layered conflict experience. Adopting a resilience discourse simultaneously embeds the colonial nature of conflict in Palestine and maintains the status quo rather than agitating for change.

Thanks to friends and colleagues for comments and suggestions on previous drafts.

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