Disaster Response

Those interested in disaster response may benefit from referring to the following sources of information:

General resources on disaster response:

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS): a “cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide to improve alerts, information exchange and coordination in the first phase after major sudden-onset disasters”.

UN Office for the Coordination of  Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): “part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.”

Sphere_Project_cover-2011Sphere (Humanitarian Charter): “The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim – to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response.”

INEEINEE (Education in Emergencies: “INEE serves to ensure the right to education for all regardless of crisis or conflict, along a spectrum of preparedness, prevention, response and recovery. INEE undertakes a range of functions around communications, information management, learning, member support, network development, policy influence, advocacy and resource mobilization in order to fulfill this purpose.”

ReliefWeb: “the leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters since 1996 […] a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)”

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN): “an award-winning humanitarian news and analysis service covering the parts of the world often under-reported, misunderstood or ignored. It delivers unique reporting from the frontlines of humanitarian action to over a million online readers.”

AlertNet (Thomson Reuters Foundation): “We don’t give grants. Instead we use our unique set of skills to run programmes that trigger change and empower people: free legal assistance, media development and in-depth coverage of the world’s under-reported stories. We stand for human rights, women’s empowerment, better governance, greater transparency, and for the rule of law. We strive to provide concrete solutions. We achieve real impact.”

EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre: “operated within ECHO, has been set up to support a coordinated and quicker response to disasters both inside and outside Europe using resources from 32 countries participating in the Civil Protection Mechanism”

Disaster Charter: “aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.”

ASEAN-DMcentreASEAN Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance  on Disaster Management (AHA Centre): “facilitating co-operation and co-ordination among the parties [ASEAN member countries], and with relevant United Nations and international organizations, in promoting regional collaboration ”

Resources on disaster response by OC team members:

Editorial: Built Environment Perspectives on Post-Disaster Reconstruction (Jason von Meding)

Engaging the commercial construction industry in a post-disaster context  (Jason von Meding)

An Evaluation of the Usefulness of Actor Network Theory in Understanding the Complexities of Vulnerability and Resilience in Post-Disaster Reconstruction  (Jason von Meding)

Strategy Formation in Post-Disaster Reconstruction  (Jason von Meding)

Developing NGO competencies in post-disaster reconstruction: a theoretical framework  (Jason von Meding)

A Competence-Based Post-Disaster Reconstruction Process  (Jason von Meding)

Dynamic competency theory in post-disaster reconstruction (Jason von Meding)

In kind donations, who really wins?, Overseas Development Institute, Humanitarian Practice Network publication, March 2011 (Moustafa Osman)

Tsunami Aftermath: Development of an indigenous homegarden in Banda Aceh, Urban Agriculture (UA) Magazine no. 21 – Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development: A role for urban agriculture?, July ’09 (Moustafa Osman)

Muslim NGOs and Islam: How to counter the image of ‘missionaries and spies’, Europe’s world, Autumn ‘06 (Moustafa Osman)

Muslim NGOs bridge the cultural gap, Article, Humanitarian Review, Autumn ‘02 (Moustafa Osman)


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