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From reconstruction to development

Concerned with the developmental context following large natural catastrophes and civil strife and wars. This developmental context includes the two phases of: (1) humanitarian relief, reconstruction and recovery and (2) active development, and how to understand and define the transition from one to the other. Following natural catastrophes, civil unrest and wars, humanitarian relief is always necessary. The amount, particulars of operation, and length of this first phase is crucial. In particular, understanding when and how to gradually focus attention away from the initial reconstruction phase, and turn towards the more complex and long-term development activities, is key to grasp. It is important to understand that the relation between these two phases should be understood as both serial and parallel.

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Banda Aceh, Indonesia
The December 2004 tsunami that hit, among other places, Banda Aceh in northern Sumatra, constitutes a text book example of how to intervene, and also how not to do it. The latter includes, in particular, instructive experiences with the transition from relief and reconstruction to developmental activities. [more]