Disaster and development paradigms: too close for comfort?

Manyena, Bernard (2012) Disaster and development paradigms: too close for comfort? Development Policy Review, 30 (3). pp. 327-345. ISSN 0950-6764

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00579.x

Abstract

The familiar distinctions between the disaster and development paradigms have become increasingly blurred. Yet, conceptual and policy dilemmas continue to pose challenges for the integration of the two paradigms into a single framework. Drawing on the literature and Ethiopia's Institutional Support Project, this article argues that the increased convergence of the two constructs may be too close for comfort, thus rendering the assertion that disaster-risk reduction can help achieve sustainable development and vice versa mere rhetoric. Unless there is a shift from focusing on the hazard event to also recognising that disasters are not politically neutral, there is a danger of being locked into the hazard paradigm, despite the different labels, titles or metaphors that may be assigned to it.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disaster and development paradigms, disaster policy, Institutional Support Project, Ethiopia
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L700 Human and Social Geography
T500 African studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 14:05
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6348

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