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Civil Society Organization and Disaster Risk Reduction

The Asian Dilemma

Shaw, Rajib, Izumi, Takako (Eds.)

2014, XI, 292 p. 60 illus., 55 illus. in color.

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  • The first book on the role of civil society organizations in disaster risk reduction in Asia
  • The authors come from both academic and practitioner background, with in-depth field experiences
  • Covers diverse issues on health, education, social issues related to disaster risk reduction

Civil society organizations (CSOs) have played important roles over the years in the disaster field.  Starting from the traditional approach of response and relief, the emphasis has gradually shifted to disaster risk reduction.  From international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to national and local NGOs, all stakeholders have recognized the significance of and need for community-based risk reduction. In their different capacities they have endeavored to establish links to the policy options at the local and national levels.  There still are many issues that remain untouched by CSOs, however, and local CSOs face special challenges in resources in terms of human, financial, and technical issues.  


Drawing examples from Asia, this book is structured on the roles of CSOs according to the Hyogo Framework for Action priority areas: policy making, risk assessment, education and training, underlying risk factors, and response–recovery.  The primary target groups for this book are students and researchers in the fields of environment, disaster risk reduction, and climate change studies.  The book provides a clear view of the current trends of research in the field and furnishes basic knowledge on these important topics.  Another target group comprises practitioners and policy makers, who will be able to apply the knowledge collected here to policy and decision making.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Asian Experience - CSO Disasters - Civil Society - Disaster Risk Reduction - Health and Education in Disasters - Post Disaster Recovery

Related subjects » Natural Hazards - Social Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Civil Society and Disaster Risk Reduction: An Asian Overview.- Role of Civil Society Organizations in Policy and Advocacy in Risk Reduction.- Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform and Strategic National Action Plan in Afghanistan.- Policy and Advocacy: Role of Civil Society in Disaster Management Bill Processes in Indonesia.- CSOs and the Challenges in Risk and Vulnerability Assessment.- Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – Experience of Nepal.- Civil society and Knowledge, Education and Training in Risk Reduction.- Knowledge, Education and Training for Risk Reduction: Specific Case of Myanmar, Vietnam and Japan.- Civil Society and Cross-cutting issues for Risk Reduction: food security, health, human security, environment and microfinance.- Microfinance: Role of NGOs in DRR.- Role of NGOs & CBOs in a Decentralized Mangrove Management Regime and its Implications in Building Coastal Resilience in India.- Disability-inclusive DRR: Information, Risk and Practical-action.- Community-based Response and Recovery: Role of Civil Societies.- Community based Response and Recovery: Specific Issues.- Opportunities and Challenges of Role of Civil Societies in Risk reduction.

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