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Disaster response and DRR in high-intensity conflict settings

This brief zooms in on disaster governance in the context of high-intensity conflict (HIC) based on research conducted in South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Yemen – countries characterised by periods of large-scale violent conflict amid protracted crises, significant levels of state fragility, and fractured governance systems. Disasters such as droughts, floods and earthquakes are social and political phenomena arising from the interaction between extreme natural events and people’s vulnerability to harm and loss. Conflict contributes to that vulnerability and erodes capacities to deal with disaster, yet international policies do not problematise how to respond to or reduce the risk of disasters in places affected by violent conflict. Disaster response and DRR in places affected by HIC are challenging due to insecurity or reduced access to the places affected. This brief shares key findings of research that examined the processes of DRR and disaster response in three country cases where HIC and disasters coincide: South Sudan in 2017, Afghanistan in 2018, and Yemen in 2019.
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Language: English
Pubished By: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Pubished date: December 2020

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