Civil Society and Disaster

Authored by: Martha Thompson

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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Beginning in the 1980s, many kinds of non-state actors have been active in disaster risk reduction (DRR). They range from large international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) financially organised and registered as charities, to local community-based organisations. Their movement into DRR came on the basis of several decades of development activity by this broad class of non-state actors, called ‘civil society’. In the 1990s and 2000s civil society has become more and more central to DRR.

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