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

Iftekhar Ahmed (Climate Change Adaptation Programme (CCAP), Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Article publication date: 19 July 2011

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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.

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Citation

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. https://doi.org/10.1108/17595901111149141

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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