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Expressions of responsibility for disasters within vulnerable communities - the case of Fisantekraal

Ahlgren, Patrick and Ourti, Joakim (2013) In LUTVDG/TVBB VBR920 20131
Division of Fire Safety Engineering
Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety
Abstract
A field study was conducted in Fisantekraal, one of 20 high-risk communities in Cape Town, home to both a formal part consisting of low-cost government housing and an informal settlement. People in Fisantekraal are exposed to several different types of hazards and have
problems with reoccurring disasters, especially in the informal settlement. Face-to-face interviews with people living in the two parts shows that people consider the responsibility to be shared between the government, community leaders and the civil society. Opinions about
the importance of involving the community leaders are especially expressed in the informal settlement. A desire that the government should take more responsibility is also expressed; people are... (More)
A field study was conducted in Fisantekraal, one of 20 high-risk communities in Cape Town, home to both a formal part consisting of low-cost government housing and an informal settlement. People in Fisantekraal are exposed to several different types of hazards and have
problems with reoccurring disasters, especially in the informal settlement. Face-to-face interviews with people living in the two parts shows that people consider the responsibility to be shared between the government, community leaders and the civil society. Opinions about
the importance of involving the community leaders are especially expressed in the informal settlement. A desire that the government should take more responsibility is also expressed; people are discontent with the high amount of responsibility they have in the current situation.
The opinions are in general similar between different subgroups within the community. The elderly do however have a higher confidence in the government and are more satisfied with how disastrous events are handled compared to younger people. People in the formal part and the informal settlement share similar opinions, despite the differences in ulnerability towards disasters. (Less)
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author
Ahlgren, Patrick and Ourti, Joakim
supervisor
organization
course
VBR920 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Responsibility, disaster risk reduction, hazards, vulnerability, informal settlement, Fisantekraal, South Africa, high-risk community, quantitative study, SPSS, disaster risk management, disaster risk governance.
publication/series
LUTVDG/TVBB
report number
5419
ISSN
1402-3504
language
English
id
4017643
date added to LUP
2013-09-05 14:48:49
date last changed
2014-03-10 10:40:46
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  abstract     = {A field study was conducted in Fisantekraal, one of 20 high-risk communities in Cape Town, home to both a formal part consisting of low-cost government housing and an informal settlement. People in Fisantekraal are exposed to several different types of hazards and have
problems with reoccurring disasters, especially in the informal settlement. Face-to-face interviews with people living in the two parts shows that people consider the responsibility to be shared between the government, community leaders and the civil society. Opinions about
the importance of involving the community leaders are especially expressed in the informal settlement. A desire that the government should take more responsibility is also expressed; people are discontent with the high amount of responsibility they have in the current situation.
The opinions are in general similar between different subgroups within the community. The elderly do however have a higher confidence in the government and are more satisfied with how disastrous events are handled compared to younger people. People in the formal part and the informal settlement share similar opinions, despite the differences in ulnerability towards disasters.},
  author       = {Ahlgren, Patrick and Ourti, Joakim},
  issn         = {1402-3504},
  keyword      = {Responsibility,disaster risk reduction,hazards,vulnerability,informal settlement,Fisantekraal,South Africa,high-risk community,quantitative study,SPSS,disaster risk management,disaster risk governance.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {LUTVDG/TVBB},
  title        = {Expressions of responsibility for disasters within vulnerable communities - the case of Fisantekraal},
  year         = {2013},
}