Understanding disaster reduction and response in high-intensity conflict settings

Rod Mena Fluhmann

While disasters are common in high-intensity conflict settings owing to high levels of vulnerability, disaster response and disaster risk reduction (DRR)  tend to be overshadowed, with more international political and media attention focused on the conflict.

For this reason, DRR in high-intensity conflict settings is often seen as unfeasible. However, research demonstrates that it is feasible in geographically limited ways. By using data from South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yemen, this research 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 high-intensity conflict. 

Research brief: Disaster response and DRR in high-intensity 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.

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