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Parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Southern Africa

Becker, Per LU ; Abrahamsson, Marcus LU and Hagelsteen, Magnus LU (2013) In Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 5(2). p.1-5
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 the 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 amongst 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 Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.... (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 the 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 amongst 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 Southern African Development Community (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 for the implementation of similar

activities. Additional research is called for in order 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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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<br/><br>
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 for the implementation of similar<br/><br>
activities. Additional research is called for in order 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.},
  author       = {Becker, Per and Abrahamsson, Marcus and Hagelsteen, Magnus},
  issn         = {2072-845X},
  keyword      = {Disaster risk reduction,Climate change adaptation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {1--5},
  publisher    = {AOSIS OpenJournals},
  series       = {Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies},
  title        = {Parallel structures for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Southern Africa},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v5i2.68},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2013},
}