From risk to resilience: how do we get there?

This workshop explores climate adaptation and resilience through an innovative ‘act, learn and adapt’ approach.

Decades of research revealed Nine Universal Roadblocks preventing implementation of practical lessons learned when transitioning from a risk-based approach to one that puts resilience first. This interactive workshop will unpack South Africa’s climate risks and development trajectory, and seek feedback from participants about the Nine Universal Roadblocks and how to overcome them.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Climate and Disaster Resilience Fund (CDRF), Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Daily Impact Emergency Management (DIEM) Network.

Moderator: John Lomberg, Executive Director, CDFR


  • Dr Eelco H Dykstra, Managing Director, DIEM, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Dr Jakkie Cilliers, Head, African Futures & Innovation, ISS Pretoria
  • Willemien van Niekerk, Principal Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Development partners
This workshop is funded by Santam. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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