Rebuilding from disaster: it doesn’t end when housing aid projects finish

We ignored pandemic warnings. Will the next catastrophe take us by surprise? Image credit: Grist / Tara Moore / Dann Tardif / Getty Images Full story:


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We have now entered a white ocean business world. Given the rapidly evolving enterprise landscape that the global pandemic has thrust us into, cultivating employees who can bounce back, and even grow, from challenges and adversity- is a key strategic priority to keeping businesses afloat…


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In most cases, the return-to-work order will happen after a traumatic two-month work hiatus spent in “solitary confinement” or mastering distance-working while coping with kids around the clock. You’ve watched assorted heads of state “lead” only to inseminate confusion. For two months, you’ve staunched the fear of dying; juggled one-way outbound finances; and wondered if there will even be work to go back to. In short, you’ve just spent two months exploring the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy.

Return-to-work orders around the world will be issued according to each nation’s cultural, political and economic underpinnings as much as to its public health welfare. That, in itself is worrisome, both for public safety and supply chains. Not everyone everywhere will be ready and functional at the same time…


Rebuilding from disaster: it doesn’t end when housing aid projects finish

Disasters are typically followed by an influx of resources, including millions of dollars channelled through humanitarian agencies for rebuilding housing. Images of destruction and distressed victims create deep empathy and generosity, generating a “revolution of giving” to ease suffering and help rebuild shattered lives. For instance, the Aceh post-tsunami reconstruction received nearly US$7 billion worth of humanitarian aid.

However, this outpouring of support often occurs with limited understanding of the actual conditions of affected people and the support they need. In contrast to the costly implementation of reconstruction projects, very little attention is paid to project evaluation. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other humanitarian agencies often focus on short-term outcomes…


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