A workshop on Smart Villages and Resilience to Natural Disasters was co-hosted by the Smart Villages Initiative and the Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore in Singapore on 5 May 2016. The workshop brought together 44 participants from two communities of researchers: those focusing on energy access; and those focusing on natural disasters. Representatives speaking on behalf of the Smart Villages Initiative and the Asia Research Institute defined the Smart Villages Concept and Resilience. This was followed by three expert panels focusing on: views from the frontline (earthquakes, floods and drought); strengthening the resilience of rural communities; and linking energy access with resilience and a screening of a documentary. The workshop concluded with a session to identify policy messages and future research questions.