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Description - Household Vulnerability and Resilience to Economic Shocks by Simon Feeny

Focusing on the vulnerability and resilience to economic shocks at the household level, this book draws on extensive research activities carried out in two Melanesia countries: the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In particular, it identifies the household impacts of the recent food, fuel and economic crises. The contributors also examine resilience by identifying how households responded to these recent economic events in order to cope with their impacts. Findings indicate that households are vulnerable to a range of shocks and often struggle to cope with their impacts. Shocks are making it harder for households to meet their basic needs. Households in Melanesia are facing increasing demands for money, in particular for school fees, basic foodstuffs and customary obligations. Concurrently, there are limited domestic opportunities for formal employment. Traditional social support networks are strong and are an important form of resilience. However, there is evidence that they are disintegrating. Of particular focus are the gendered impacts. Women are found to bear a disproportionate share of the burden in adjusting to household shocks. The authors highlight key areas in which public policy and development programmes can reduce household vulnerability and increase their resilience to future economic shocks.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781472419194
ISBN-10: 1472419197
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 166
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Feeny

Simon Feeny is Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Simon Feeny, May Miller-Dawkins, Lachlan McDonald, Jaclyn Donahue, Kate Eccles, Alberto Posso, Matthew Clarke, Vijay Naidu, Manoranjan Mohanty.

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