The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster: Reflections from Louisiana Four Years After Hurricane Katrina

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Thursday 21 December 2023

Chandra, Anita, and Joie Acosta. 2009. In The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster: Reflections From Louisiana Four Years After Hurricane Katrina, 1st ed., 1–14. RAND Corporation. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/op277rc.8.

This paper seeks to address the roles of NGOs and the challenges they face in the process of responding to crises. Using specific situations where NGOs faced challenges in their responses to Hurricane Katrina, the authors develop a series of identified obstacles and potential solutions to each of these issues. The solutions discussed by the authors are structural, suggesting changes to specific laws and policies of the American government that hindered NGO response to Hurricane Katrina. The paper goes on to describe potential future areas of research that, if explored, may further improve how NGOs are able to respond to disasters. Interestingly, the authors frame NGOs in this chapter as organisations that contribute significantly to human recovery, which can also be interpreted as personal peace or peace in place. Human recovery, as defined by the authors, includes anything that promotes the restoration of systems and structures that contribute positively to mental and physical well-being.

Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/op277rc.8

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