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Rising from the Ashes: Development Strategies in Times of Disaster

By: Mary B Anderson and Peter J Woodrow

338 pages, Figs, maps

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1998 | #124232 | ISBN: 1853394394
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In the years since this text was first published in 1989, the number of international Non-Governmental Organizations working in disaster situations has risen dramatically. Drawing on case histories of emergency relief programmes that have successfully promoted development, this publication offers guidelines for fashioning assistance programmes designed to counter the effects of both natural and human-caused disasters. Mary Anderson and Peter Woodrow argue that relief efforts must support and enhance existing capacities, and they present an analytical framework for assessing the characteristics and needs of afflicted communities. It has been written to provide aid and development workers with practical examples from past aid campaigns and guidelines for the design of urgent relief efforts, so that they can provide effective support to sufferers of present and future disasters.


Part 1 Lessons learned and guidelines for program design: introduction - thinking development in a world of disasters; a framework for analyzing capacities and vulnerabilities; first decisions in programming - the decision to intervene, north-south partnerships in disaster relief; the context of programming - the political context, the international policy context, information is power or who needs to know what? dimensions of programming - the myth of speed, scale of program, duration of programming; people and programming - project participants, women and gender considerations, the uprooted - refugees as a special case? approaches to programming -personnel (when a northern NGO intervenes), expertise, education and training; cooperation and accountability in programming - coordination with other agencies, monitoring and evaluation; closing the gap between principles, policies and practice. Part 2 IRDP case histories: introduction - background and development of IRDP case histories; Wollo rehabilitation and disaster prevention projects - Wollo, Ethiopia; Ethiopia emergency program - Yifat na Timugo, Ethiopia; Proyecto Nueva Vida Armero - Armero, Colombia; cereal banks in Burkina Faso - food security, drought, and development; Kordofan agroforestry extension project - northern Kordofan, Sudan; earthquake housing reconstruction and rural development - Joyabaj, Quiche, Guatemala; local resource management project - Santo Domingo, Albay, Bicol Region, Philippines; Qala en Nahal refugee settlement project -eastern Sudan; promotion of health care among Khmer refugees -Greenhill Site B, Surin, Thailand; northeast Thailand project - Surin, Thailand. Appendices: annotated list of additional IRDP case histories; bibliography.

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