Building Equitable Resilience in Southern Africa

Since early 2022, SARA has supported eight working groups comprising a diverse range of experts, from early-career professionals to established practitioners. These groups are actively synthesizing regional knowledge under the theme of “Building equitable resilience in southern Africa.” Each working group focuses on different topics and systems, such as informality, telecoupling, urban food systems, and conservation systems.

Working groups

Urban food systems

Monitoring and evaluation

Urban informality

Food systems seeds


Disaster risk

Gender transformative approaches

Conservation systems

This iteration of SARA received funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), with additional support from the South African Research Chair in Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience, held by Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs at the CST. Opportunities for future iterations of SARA and similar academies are being explored. 

Over a two-year period, these groups convened three times for workshops in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Their primary task was to develop scientific papers for a special issue in an academic journal. Additionally, the groups received support to create knowledge products and engagement processes tailored for non-academic audiences and decision-makers, expanding the reach and impact of SARA outcomes.

News items from the working groups

Embracing informality: A crucial element in crafting equitable urban resilience

Learn how the Southern African Resilience Academy’s Informality and Equitable Urban Resilience Working Group synthesised research and practice to examine how informality influences urban resilience.

Using monitoring and evaluation to build equity and resilience

Learn how the Southern African Resilience Academy’s Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group worked with a range of participants to distill themes and insight on building equitable resilience.

Bridging the gap: Strengthening urban food system in Zambia through resilience initiatives

Delve into an array of outputs from a cartoons to policy notes that aim to address the complex challenges within urban food systems in the region.