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Grasping the hydra: The need for a holistic and systematic approach to disaster risk reduction

Becker, Per LU (2009) In Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 2(1). p.12-24
Abstract
This article stresses the significance of recognising interdependencies between factors determining

disaster risk in any attempts to integrate disaster risk reduction in international

development cooperation. It bases its arguments on the case studies of four past projects

in Sri Lanka and Tajikistan, which are scrutinised using a theoretical framework based

on systems approaches. It appears that the results of ignoring interdependencies may (1)

cause sub-optimisation problems where the desired outcome is not reached as the factor

focused on and/or the desired outcome are dependent on other factors, and (2) make it

difficult or impossible to monitor and evaluate the actual... (More)
This article stresses the significance of recognising interdependencies between factors determining

disaster risk in any attempts to integrate disaster risk reduction in international

development cooperation. It bases its arguments on the case studies of four past projects

in Sri Lanka and Tajikistan, which are scrutinised using a theoretical framework based

on systems approaches. It appears that the results of ignoring interdependencies may (1)

cause sub-optimisation problems where the desired outcome is not reached as the factor

focused on and/or the desired outcome are dependent on other factors, and (2) make it

difficult or impossible to monitor and evaluate the actual effects of international development

cooperation projects in disaster risk reduction. (Less)
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Complexity and Interdependence, Systems Approaches, Disaster Risk Reduction
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Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies
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disaster risk in any attempts to integrate disaster risk reduction in international<br/><br>
development cooperation. It bases its arguments on the case studies of four past projects<br/><br>
in Sri Lanka and Tajikistan, which are scrutinised using a theoretical framework based<br/><br>
on systems approaches. It appears that the results of ignoring interdependencies may (1)<br/><br>
cause sub-optimisation problems where the desired outcome is not reached as the factor<br/><br>
focused on and/or the desired outcome are dependent on other factors, and (2) make it<br/><br>
difficult or impossible to monitor and evaluate the actual effects of international development<br/><br>
cooperation projects in disaster risk reduction.},
  author       = {Becker, Per},
  issn         = {2072-845X},
  keyword      = {Complexity and Interdependence,Systems Approaches,Disaster Risk Reduction},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {12--24},
  publisher    = {AOSIS OpenJournals},
  series       = {Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies},
  title        = {Grasping the hydra: The need for a holistic and systematic approach to disaster risk reduction},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2009},
}