The challenges for inclusive disaster response governance

Earthquake in Chisanapi, Nepal
Samantha Melis

State-centred international disaster governance policies and humanitarian commitments wrongly assume that the state and the local are homogeneous entities.

In reality, post-conflict governance is characterized by co-constitutive, formal and informal institutions and mechanisms, and the local has multiple dimensions.

This research brief explores how this poses particular challenges for inclusive disaster response governance. By using data from Nepal, Haiti and Sierra Leone this brief provides a summary of findings and recommendations about challenges, experiences and best practices for state, non-state and humanitarian actors working at the intersection of disaster and post-conflict settings.

Research brief - Constructing disaster response governance in post-conflict settings

About the project

This brief was produced as part of the project When Disaster Meets Conflict. Over a period of 5 years, the project examined the relationship between the often isolated realms of humanitarian aid and disaster governance by focusing on three conflict scenarios. The project is funded by NWO (the Dutch Research Council) through a VICI grant.

For more information, visit the When Disaster Meets Conflict project page.


Dr Samantha Melis

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