Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief

Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief, Cambridge University Press, 2016, ISBN: 9781316227008

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018/027

Posted: 30 Apr 2018 Last revised: 10 Jul 2018

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Shahla F. Ali

Deputy Director, Program in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 11, 2016

Abstract

With growing awareness of the devastation caused by major natural disasters, alongside integration of governance and technology networks, the parameters of humanitarian aid are becoming more global. At the same time, humanitarian instruments are increasingly recognizing the centrality of local participation. Drawing on six case studies and a survey of 69 members of the relief sector, this book suggests that the key to the efficacy of post-disaster recovery is the primacy given to local actors in the management, direction and design of relief programs. Where local partnership and knowledge generation and application is ongoing, cohesive, meaningful and inclusive, disaster relief efforts are more targeted, cost-effective, efficient and timely. Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief examines the interplay between law, governance and collaborative decision making with international, state, private sector and community actors in order to understand the dynamics of a global decentralized yet coordinated process of post-disaster humanitarian assistance.

Keywords: Disaster Law, New Governance, Comparative Legal Institutions, Humanitarian Aid

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Ali, Shahla F., Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief (June 11, 2016). Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief, Cambridge University Press, 2016, ISBN: 9781316227008; University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018/027. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3161185

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