Saturday, May 8, 2010

Safer Homes, Stronger Communities

Resources for Reconstructing Housing and Communities after Natural Disasters

Table of Contents

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Complete Handbook    
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Individual Handbook Chapters
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Front Matter (Title Page, Acknowledgements, Authors, Notes, Table of Contents)  
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PART 1  Reconstruction Tasks and How to Undertake Them
Section 1  Assessing Impact and Defining Reconstruction Policy
Chapter 1    Early Recovery: The Context for Housing and Community Reconstruction Open PDF (2.98 MB)
Chapter 2    Assessing Damage and Setting Reconstruction Policy
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Chapter 3    Communication in Post-Disaster Reconstruction Open PDF (2.41 MB)
Chapter 4    Who Gets a House? The Social Dimension of Housing Reconstruction Open PDF (2.41 MB)
Chapter 5    To Relocate or Not to Relocate Open PDF (3.45 MB)
Chapter 6    Reconstruction Approaches Open PDF (2.87 MB)

Section 2  Planning Reconstruction
Chapter 7    Land Use and Physical Planning Open PDF (3.69 MB)
Chapter 8    Infrastructure and Services Delivery Open PDF (3.07 MB)
Chapter 9    Environmental Planning Open PDF (2.67) MB)
Chapter 10  Housing Design and Construction Technology Open PDF (2.31 MB)
Chapter 11  Cultural Heritage Conservation Open PDF (2.53 MB)

Section 3  Project Implementation
Chapter 12  Community Organizing and Participation Open PDF (2.41 MB)
Chapter 13  Institutional Options for Reconstruction Management Open PDF (2.4 MB)
Chapter 14  International, National, and Local Partnerships in Reconstruction
Chapter 15  Mobilizing Financial Resources and Other Reconstruction Assistance
Chapter 16  Training Requirements in Reconstruction

PART 2  Monitoring and Information Management
Chapter 17  Information and Communications Technology in Reconstruction
Chapter 18  Monitoring and Evaluation
Chapter 19  Mitigating the Risk of Corruption

PART 3  Information on World Bank Projects and Policies

PART 4  Technical References
Disaster Types and Impacts
Disaster Risk Management in Reconstruction
Matrix of Disaster Project Features

Handbook Guiding Principles

  1. A good reconstruction policy helps reactivate communities and empowers people to rebuild their housing, their lives, and their livelihoods.
  2. Reconstruction begins the day of the disaster.
  3. Community members should be partners in policy making and leaders of local implementation.
  4. Reconstruction policy and plans should be financially realistic but ambitious with respect to disaster risk reduction.
  5. Institutions matter and coordination among them improves outcomes.
  6. Reconstruction is an opportunity to plan for the future and to conserve the past.
  7. Relocation disrupts lives and should be minimized.
  8. Civil society and the private sector are important parts of the solution.
  9. Assessment and monitoring can improve reconstruction outcomes.
  10. To contribute to long-term development, reconstruction must be sustainable.
  11. The last word: every reconstruction project is unique.