A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal

H. Baharmand, F.K. Boersma, K. Meesters, F. Mulder, J.J. Wolbers

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Fostering community resilience in the aftermath of a disaster constitutes a significant challenge and requires an adequate understanding of the community’s specific capabilities and vulnerabilities. We carried out a field study in Nepal as a multi-disciplinary research team that explored how the humanitarian response enabled community resilience after the devastating earthquakes. We explored three elements of resilience: persistence, adaptability and transformability by zooming in and out between the local community and humanitarian organizations operating at the national level. Our combined insights from three disciplines, social sciences, information management and logistics, show that humanitarian organizations operating in Nepal still primarily aimed to (re)build community resilience ‘from above’ instead of enabling communities to strengthen their own resilience in a bottom up way. In this paper we contend that fostering an inclusive and networked response has the potential to strengthen the adaptive capacity of humanitarian organizations and community groups and boost local resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings – 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
EditorsA. Tapia, P. Antunes, V.A. Bañuls, K. Moore, J. Porto
Place of PublicationRio de Janeiro, Brazil
PublisherFederal University of Rio de Janeiro
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventISCRAM 2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 1 Jan 20161 Jan 2016

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ConferenceISCRAM 2016
Period1/01/161/01/16

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Baharmand, H., Boersma, F. K., Meesters, K., Mulder, F., & Wolbers, J. J. (2016). A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal. In A. Tapia, P. Antunes, V. A. Bañuls, K. Moore, & J. Porto (Eds.), ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings – 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Baharmand, H. ; Boersma, F.K. ; Meesters, K. ; Mulder, F. ; Wolbers, J.J. / A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal. ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings – 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. editor / A. Tapia ; P. Antunes ; V.A. Bañuls ; K. Moore ; J. Porto. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil : Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2016.
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A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal. / Baharmand, H.; Boersma, F.K.; Meesters, K.; Mulder, F.; Wolbers, J.J.

ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings – 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. ed. / A. Tapia; P. Antunes; V.A. Bañuls; K. Moore; J. Porto. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil : Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2016.

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Baharmand H, Boersma FK, Meesters K, Mulder F, Wolbers JJ. A multidisciplinary perspective on supporting community disaster resilience in Nepal. In Tapia A, Antunes P, Bañuls VA, Moore K, Porto J, editors, ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings – 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. 2016