An owner-driven reconstruction in Bihar

Vahanvati, M and Beza, B 2017, 'An owner-driven reconstruction in Bihar', International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 306-319.

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Title An owner-driven reconstruction in Bihar
Author(s) Vahanvati, M
Beza, B
Year 2017
Journal name International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 319
Total pages 20
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify "key processes" during the owner-driven reconstruction (ODR) process, by implementing agencies, to enhance the long-term disaster-resilience of housing and community. Design/methodology/approach - A mixed methods methodology and "case-study" approach is adopted to compare good practice reconstruction projects in India in the past 15 years. This paper discusses investigations conducted in two settlements of Bihar - Orlaha and Puraini, after major flooding in 2008. The sites were visited during 2012 and 2014. Findings - One of the key processes that lead to the success of the ODR process and its effect on the long-term disaster-resilience in Bihar is community mobilisation, which functions primarily as an information and communication device promoting the success (or otherwise) of the reconstruction process. Originality/value - The findings are based on empirical evidence gathered during in-field investigations and interviews to post-disaster reconstructed villages. While these findings represent a snapshot of diverse and complex disaster experiences in the Indian context, the comparison offers insight on how to turn the rhetoric surrounding "owner-driven" or "built back better" into positive long-term community outcomes.
Subject Architecture Management
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) India
Participatory approaches
Post-disaster reconstruction
Built environment
Owner driven
DOI - identifier 10.1108/IJDRBE-10-2015-0051
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ISSN 1759-5908
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