Supporting and Informing the Process of Risk Arbitration in Post-Disaster Recovery

TitleSupporting and Informing the Process of Risk Arbitration in Post-Disaster Recovery
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLallemant D
Conference Name3rd International Conference on Urban Disaster Recovery
Date Published09/2014
Conference LocationBoulder, CO
Abstract

One of the main challenges to promoting disaster risk reduction practices following a disaster is that these (a) rarely take proper account of the multitude of risks that households are exposed to and arbitrating between, (b) are rarely framed within a definition of “acceptable risk”, and (c) rarely acknowledge that decisions about risk are usually made at the household level. This paper summarizes findings from assessments of the post-disaster reconstruction process in Haiti, which highlight that a better understanding of these dynamics of risk arbitration would provide significant guidance to disaster recovery actors promoting risk reduction.