Critical infrastructure (such as public utilities, transport, water and health systems) is a central function of development and human security, particularly in ensuring the basic needs and welfare of communities. However, the provision of such infrastructure in many developing countries is often concentrated in affluent metropolitan areas and tends to have limited benefits for poor and vulnerable urban communities in terms of improving their quality of life. Amid vulnerabilities to climate change and internal socio-political challenges, achieving equity among urban communities thus presents a vital challenge to many city governments in Southeast Asia.
This issues brief on Communities and Critical Infrastructure: Opportunities for Reinforcing Resilience distills the outcomes of the Workshop on ‘Community Resilience and Human Security: From Complex Humanitarian Emergencies to Sustainable Peace and Development’ organised by the RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies in April 2014. It suggests ways forward for governments to work with local communities and other stakeholders to build disaster resilience and promote sustainable development in their cities.
Non-Traditional Security / Policy Reports / Southeast Asia and ASEAN
Last updated on 03/11/2016