Post Disaster Planning and Development for NGOs and Humanitarian Organizations

626 WordsJan 30, 20183 Pages
Humanitarian and non-governmental (NGOs) organizations play a very important role in post disaster planning and development because government cannot address everything, everywhere. In fact, in many parts of the world the sitting government may not even be capable of addressing the basic day-to-day needs of its population, pre-disaster. Traditionally, NGOs and humanitarian organizational tackle issues such as human rights, advocacy, humanitarian aid, hunger, extreme poverty, education, housing and vocational training. Now these organizations are responding to disasters and working in the areas of reconstruction, risk reduction, mitigation and disaster preparedness. NGOs and humanitarian organizational structures are flexible. Organizational size, staff and volunteer workforce can quickly expand or contract to accommodate the mission at hand. This enables service delivery at a much lower cost than most governments, private sector and multi-lateral agencies can provide. NGOs and humanitarian organizations work at the grassroots level so while government may have the primary role of planning and managing all aspects of the disaster NGOs and humanitarian organizational can supplement these initiatives by helping people understand their rights and focusing on specific issues that assist vulnerable populations. This bottom up community based approached can accelerate the whole community’s recovery post disaster. In instances where the government cannot support disaster
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