Resilient Community

Cross-sector collaboration to strengthen communities in the social-geographic periphery and promote their members’ mobility and quality of life from birth to old age.

Communities have a big impact on their members’ lives, both in ordinary times and during crisis. Despite the emergence of new types of communities – virtual, professional and so on – the local community still has a special significance on many levels. Research shows that local community action can reduce crime, raise educational achievements, and improve health and quality of life in cities.

Community resilience is among the major factors that advance the resilience and social-economic mobility of individuals. Attributes of the environment and the community that affect mobility include trust, a sense of belonging, civic involvement, collective capability and more. However, communities in the periphery often have a hard time developing collective processes that are vital for the welfare of their members, as well as of the community as a whole.

The ‘Resilient Community’ initiative aims to strengthen local communities in the social-geographic periphery in a holistic and inclusive view, thereby driving social mobility and improving the quality of life of community members from birth to old age.  This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Services, JDC-Ashslim and Rashi, operating through a round table and mission-specific teams that bring together representatives of government ministries, local government, civil society and philanthropy, academia, businesses, professional and community activists.

Implementation stages:

  • Planning – identifying the characteristics of resilient communities, success indicators and outcomes, best practices and means for strengthening communities.
  • Field pilot – three-year pilot in 10 locales, accompanied by formative evaluation to draw conclusions and make ongoing improvements.
  • Dissemination – wide-scale application of the models that have been developed, supported by national policy changes and budget allocation.


Government | Local authorities | Philanthropy and civil society

Related Programs

Children in neglect

Designing a work model and practices for dealing with neglect, to ensure children’s wellbeing within the family by improving the ability of parents to answer their needs.

Families First

Implementing a new approach to poverty, where a mentor works together with the family to provide it with tools to change its situation through a multi-dimensional intervention plan.

Domestic violence counseling centers

Prevention and treatment centers that provide a comprehensive response under one roof and serve as a vital link in the continuum of emergency and community services.