Accession Number : ADA613136


Title :   Institutional Capacity for Natural Disasters: Methodology for Case Studies in Africa


Descriptive Note : Research brief


Corporate Author : TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN


Personal Author(s) : Bussell, Jennifer ; Colligan, Adam


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a613136.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 17


Abstract : The CCAPS program's research on institutional capacity for natural disasters examines the causes of variation in government policies to reduce the risk of, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters. Natural hazards, such as floods, drought, earthquakes, and tropical cyclones, do not necessarily result in disasters, but they present a clear policy challenge for national governments: how does a country prepare for the often unexpected? This brief presents the methodologies used to investigate how governments answer this question. Through a qualitative analysis of ten African country case studies, this study provides a comprehensive evaluation of existing explanations for variation in government efforts to develop disaster management capacities. The research strategy also helps to overcome limitations of previous analyses focused on a small number of cases or inadequate quantitative data, thereby providing new insights into the practice of disaster preparedness.


Descriptors :   *NATURAL DISASTERS , AFRICA , CASE STUDIES , FOREIGN AID , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , INVESTMENTS , METHODOLOGY , POLICIES , PREPARATION , RESPONSE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE