An overview of post-disaster permanent housing reconstruction in developing countries

Ahmed, I 2011, 'An overview of post-disaster permanent housing reconstruction in developing countries', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 148-164.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title An overview of post-disaster permanent housing reconstruction in developing countries
Author(s) Ahmed, I
Year 2011
Journal name International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 148
End page 164
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose: A set of guidelines widely agreed by the international humanitarian aid community, such as the Sphere Handbook, is currently lacking for permanent housing reconstruction in developing countries. The paper aims to address this gap by reviewing the field and presenting a set of selected examples that offer lessons for informing, developing and promoting wider good practice. Design/methodology/approach: An extensive literature review on post-disaster housing reconstruction in developing countries pointed to the significant impacts of disasters on housing in developing countries and the great challenges involved in the reconstruction process; it also allowed identifying efforts at framing good practice guidelines by humanitarian and other agencies. Findings: The paper finds that, while the review largely indicated the major challenges and shortcomings in the field, it also allowed identifying some examples of good practice and the reasons for their effectiveness. Originality/value: As argued here, there are a number of independent guidelines for post-disaster reconstruction in developing countries, but hardly any which are widely endorsed and can be followed by humanitarian agencies. The paper therefore draws together the key issues and examples of good practice as a basis for informing the development of guidelines.
Subject Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Developing countries
disasters
housing
DOI - identifier 10.1108/17595901111149141
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ISSN 1759-5908
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