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How can governments enable and support community-led disaster recovery?

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Owen, Carole 2018 , 'How can governments enable and support community-led disaster recovery?' , Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub, vol. 33, no. 1 , pp. 66-69 .

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The national recovery principles state that disaster recovery should be community-led. However, reports from various recovery processes in Australia and overseas consistently identify that governments too often, in practice, do not support this. This research examines ways in which governments can enable communities to lead their recovery after emergency events. This is a preliminary report of a continuing study. To date, semi-structured interviews have been held with over 20 experienced individuals about their involvement in community recovery. Participants are community members from disaster-affected communities, government employees from all levels of government and across departments, and representatives from community sector organisations. These preliminary results show the complex interplay between communities, governments, and community sector organisations in disaster recovery, and the varying expectations and experiences of those involved. These initial findings show potential to influence policies, processes and systems across governments and communities, and better support community-led recovery.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Owen, Carole
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub
Publisher: Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
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