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Factors Affecting Community Empowerment During Disaster Recovery

Factors Affecting Community Empowerment During Disaster Recovery
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Author(s): Tony Van Krieken (University of Salford, Salford, UK) and Chaminda Pathirage (University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Copyright: 2019
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 18
Source title: International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management (IJDREM)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Dean Kyne (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA) and William Donner (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJDREM.2019010102

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore and identify the factors for empowering the community during the Disaster Recovery phase. It is very important to recognize the community (decision makers) as being empowered of their fate but not to inform, consult and having others to decide their fate. The study investigates the important role of the project manager who coordinates and communicates with the community members in order to empower them to achieve a long-term sustainability. The findings obtained from the literature review and the case studies allow identifying the factors for empowering the community during Disaster Recovery, such as: participation in decision-making; use of social capital within the community; thinking and doing SMART; recognizing community power; building capacity; and helping your neighbors. The results of this study provide guidelines for Project Managers to empower the community as decisions makers in the disaster recovery phase.

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