A Disaster Preparedness Network, working since 1994


Dominant Perspective

  • Disasters/conflicts viewed as an isolated event.
  • Linkage with conditions in society during normal times are less analyzed.
  • Technical/Law and Order solutions dominant.
  • Centralized institutions dominate in the intervention strategies. Less participation of people, who are treated  as "victims".
  • Implementing agencies less accountable and their process less transparent to people
  • Interventions are made after the event occurs.
  • The objective of intervention is to return to the situation before the event occurred.

Alternative Prevalent Perspective

  • Disasters/conflicts are part of the normal process of development.
  • Analyzing linkages with society during normal times is fundamental for understanding disaster and conflicts.
  • Emphasis on solutions that change relationship/ structures in society. The objective is to reduce people's vulnerability and strength their capacity.
  • Decentralized institutions dominate in the intervention strategies. Participation of people paramount in intervention strategies; people treated as "partners" in development.
  • Ensuring accountability and transparency emphasized in implementation.
  • Mitigation of disasters/conflict the fundamental aims.
  • Disaster /conflicts viewed as opportunities for social transformation.