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A collateral damage of international top-down approaches: parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the SADC region

Becker, Per LU ; Abrahamsson, Marcus LU and Hagelsteen, Magnus LU (2012) 1st Biannual SADiR Conference In [Host publication title missing]
Abstract
During the last decade, the interest of the international community in the concepts of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation has been growing immensely. Even though an increasing number of scholars seem to view these concepts as two sides of the same coin (at least when not considering potentially positive effects of climate change), in practice the two concepts have developed in parallel rather than in an integrated manner when it comes to policy, rhetoric and funding opportunities among international organisations and donors. This study investigates the extent of the creation of parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the SADC region. The chosen methodology for the study is a... (More)
During the last decade, the interest of the international community in the concepts of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation has been growing immensely. Even though an increasing number of scholars seem to view these concepts as two sides of the same coin (at least when not considering potentially positive effects of climate change), in practice the two concepts have developed in parallel rather than in an integrated manner when it comes to policy, rhetoric and funding opportunities among international organisations and donors. This study investigates the extent of the creation of parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the SADC region. The chosen methodology for the study is a comparative case study and the data are collected through focus groups and content analysis of documentary sources, as well as interviews with key informants. The results indicate that parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation have been established in all but one of the studied countries. The qualitative interviews performed in some of the countries indicate that stakeholders in disaster risk reduction view this duplication of structures as unfortunate, inefficient and a fertile setup for conflict over resources to implement similar activities. Additional research is called for to study the concrete effects of having these parallel structures, as a foundation for advocacy for more efficient future disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. (Less)
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Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation, Southern Africa, SADC, institutional framework
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Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction
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1st Biannual SADiR Conference
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  title        = {A collateral damage of international top-down approaches: parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in the SADC region},
  year         = {2012},
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