The impact of disasters, which disproportionately affect countries in Asia and the Pacific, can extend far beyond the immediate loss of life and destruction of property. Disasters can disrupt long-term social and economic development, with the well-being of the poor most at risk. The ‘build-back-better’ approach promotes post-disaster recovery and sustainable development by integrating vulnerability reduction into restitution efforts but can also have unintended consequences due to planning and management gaps.
In many cases, disaster resilience initiatives concentrate on physical infrastructure development and capital investment without sufficiently considering broader social and economic imperatives. This includes adaptive, less capital intensive mechanisms that address needs such as income and social support, physical and mental health, cultural sensitivities, and proper governance, which are particularly crucial for developing economies that may face greater resource limitations.
Within this context, the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the University of Melbourne, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat welcome the submission of original, unpublished papers that examine post-disaster rehabilitation policies and practices, with a focus on resilient compensation and restitution for advancing recovery in Asia and the Pacific.
Authors should submit extended abstracts of at least 1,000 words in English via this link no later than 16 August 2021. Please include a title, author names and affiliations, contact information, an introduction, literature review, and methodology and data overview.
Submissions from researchers who are citizens of Asian Development Bank developing member countries are encouraged. Early submissions are preferred.