Recovery and reconstruction
After natural disasters, conflicts or other crisis, it is vital to start thinking as early as possible about processes of reconstruction and recovery. The best approaches help communities emerge more resilient to future disasters.
Practical Action encourages humanitarian agencies to embrace the goal of “building back better”. This means much more than just leaving people with stronger physical structures. It means helping families, communities, social networks and local markets emerge from crises more capable to cope and adapt to future threats.
To achieve this resilience people affected by disaster need as large a role as practicable in the decision-making and management of humanitarian resources. The processes of reconstruction planning and implementation often matter just as much as their outcomes. Putting crisis-survivors at the centre of these processes empowers them, strengthens their capabilities and confidence.
Early attention to recovery and reconstruction is also important. Decisions taken during the ‘emergency relief’ phase of disasters, can have a major impact later on the prospects for sustainable recovery of people’s livelihoods and communities.
Principles of 'building back better'
We aim for more resilient, capable communities in the aftermath of disasters. To encourage this, we promote seven principles that underpin our recovery and reconstruction work.
'Building back better' in practice
In the aftermath of disasters, Practical Action aims to encourage the emergence of more resilient, capable communities and households. We have built up a body of experience and practical tools for post-disaster programming, that are relevant to different themes.
Practical tools for 'building back better'
Our technical information service offers free downloads on a range of topics related to reconstruction.
We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge
Blogs - disaster risk reduction
Co authored with Gurudas Biswas, Monitoring & Documentation Officer, V2R+ project, Bangladesh
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-- By Buddhiram Kumal & Dinanath Bhandari
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Practical Action has been approached by a consortia of partners to explore the issue of Climate Information Services in West Africa. We have be...
Imagine if we had forecast information that a flood disaster was likely to strike a particular location and we could anticipate the rain coming but were unable to do anything in that small window of opportunity. It would make sense if we were able to take early action and help vulnerable communit...
Bangladesh has a population of 16 million in a small area. It is on a journey with the aim of becoming a developed country. Apart from the challenges and barriers, Bangladesh has become better known globally for using effective measures to build more resilient communities.
Being a delta count...