FLOCKING: A relationship-resourced resilience theory by Liesel Ebersöhn

The Centre for the Study of Resilience (CSR), University of Pretoria distils systematic evidence on resilienceenabling innovations that are responsive to extreme challenges in a Global South space, such as Africa. CSR knowledge generation has a focus on socially useful knowledge that matter for the wellbeing of people, the planet, animals and the built environment. In seeking sustainable solutions to challenges in an emerging environment, CSR-resilience research embraces a diversity of transdisciplinary knowledge, leverages natural and cultural resources synonymous to Africa and privileges strengthening the research capacity of doctoral and early career scholars in Africa.

The CSR-vision is to be known as a knowledge generation platform of merit that makes a meaningful contribution to Global South issues of adaptation to chronic and cumulative adversity. The two-pronged CSR-research niche is, (i) to investigate resilience as complex transdisciplinary phenomenon, and (ii) to use systematic scientific evidence to centralise Global South knowledge on adversity and adaptation into existing global resilience discourses.

REPSSI, the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative is the leading African psychosocial support organisation. REPSSI’s vision is that all girls, boys and youth enjoy psychosocial and mental wellbeing. REPSSI has strong partnerships with regional economic blocks, governments (particularly the ministries responsible for social services, education and health), development partners, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in 13 countries of East and Southern Africa. The best way to support vulnerable children and youth is within a healthy family and community environment. For 20 years

REPSSI has provided technical capacity enhancement to its partners to strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to promote the psychosocial wellbeing of their children and youth. APSSI, the African Psychosocial Support Institute was initiated in 2016 in response to the persistent demand for PSS programming and training quality standards, quality research and data on PSS, a formal PSS academic
discipline, excellent PSS resources and MHPSS (Mental Health & Psychosocial Support) thought leadership. It has been operating since 2016, registered by REPSSI as a non-profit company in February 2019. APSSI’s mission is to foster professionalism and excellence in the provision of child and youth psychosocial support and mental health in Africa.


Published by Stephan Dippenaar

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