Institutions—rules, laws, customs, social norms and conventions—link agents and systems, mitigating or exacerbating vulnerability by constraining or enabling access by agents to those systems. Institutions also define the range of perceived possible responses or actions in a given situation. This guide introduces the characteristics of resilient institutions and the role they can play in reducing vulnerability.
2.7.1 Activity 1
Exploring Vulnerability & Institutions
In this activity you will explore the role of institutions in vulnerability first by brainstorming ways institutions could exacerbate community vulnerability, and then by role playing the power dynamics involved when vulnerable members request services or support.