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Social capital and disaster risk reduction

Source(s):  London School of Economics and Political Science, the (LSE)
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This report explores how non-governmental organisations can responsibly engage with social capital to reduce disaster risk in societies that are vulnerable to natural hazards. Social capital is a complex and nuanced concept and DRR programmes seeking to engage with social capital should do so in a manner that empowers and enriches preexisting social infrastructure while proactively incorporating marginalised groups and prioritising ongoing analysis of the socio-political context.

A qualitative approach was taken to answer the research question, which incorporated semi-structured interviews with academics and practitioners to deepen and triangulate the key findings drawn from the academic and grey literature.



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  • Social capital and disaster risk reduction
  • Publication date 2017
  • Author(s) Awad, Lolwa; Holton, Jodie; Roby, Rebecca
  • Number of pages 42 p.

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