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Building community resilience during COVID‐19: Learning from rural Bangladesh

Building community resilience during COVID‐19: Learning from rural Bangladesh
Building community resilience during COVID‐19: Learning from rural Bangladesh
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming challenges to developing countries which are already resource-constrained and lack adequate social safety nets. Specifically, lockdown has adversely impacted marginalized communities (e.g., labourer, fish wholesaler and small business owner) and informal sector employees who rely on meager daily wages for their survival. Set in the contested climate of the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Phulbari, Dinajpur, Bangladesh, we examine the early response of the community to the pandemic. Drawing on 24 in-depth interviews with members of this community, we find that the existing central and regional government structure has failed to deal with the crisis. Yet, we show how collective effort at the local community level, led by volunteers and community leaders, is crucial in the fight against hardship during lockdown.
Covid-19, community resilience, crisis, lockdown, marginalized community
0966-0879
Ahmad, Farooq
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Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Siedler, Benjamin
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Odek, Wilson
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Ahmad, Farooq
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Chowdhury, Rashedur
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Siedler, Benjamin
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Odek, Wilson
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Ahmad, Farooq, Chowdhury, Rashedur, Siedler, Benjamin and Odek, Wilson (2022) Building community resilience during COVID‐19: Learning from rural Bangladesh. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. (doi:10.1111/1468-5973.12405).

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming challenges to developing countries which are already resource-constrained and lack adequate social safety nets. Specifically, lockdown has adversely impacted marginalized communities (e.g., labourer, fish wholesaler and small business owner) and informal sector employees who rely on meager daily wages for their survival. Set in the contested climate of the emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Phulbari, Dinajpur, Bangladesh, we examine the early response of the community to the pandemic. Drawing on 24 in-depth interviews with members of this community, we find that the existing central and regional government structure has failed to deal with the crisis. Yet, we show how collective effort at the local community level, led by volunteers and community leaders, is crucial in the fight against hardship during lockdown.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 March 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 March 2022
Keywords: Covid-19, community resilience, crisis, lockdown, marginalized community

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Local EPrints ID: 456048
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/456048
ISSN: 0966-0879
PURE UUID: 99b0524b-a97a-4bab-98b6-208f1882c080
ORCID for Rashedur Chowdhury: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5118-8344

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Date deposited: 25 Apr 2022 16:35
Last modified: 09 Jun 2022 01:52

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Author: Farooq Ahmad
Author: Benjamin Siedler
Author: Wilson Odek

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