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Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters

Published by the World Bank, this handbook for provides advice on how to ensure that reconstruction empowers communities to rebuild in a way that greatly reduces the risk of future disasters. Written for policy makers and project managers engaged in major reconstruction programs, the 216-page handbook provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities of various actors, and explains what the scope of a reconstruction policy should be and how decisions in each aspect of reconstruction contribute to larger reconstruction goals. The handbook provides guidance on the options that should be considered in each aspect of reconstruction, and examples of where they have been used in other reconstruction projects.

It includes more than 100 short case studies collected from global experts with recent experience in housing reconstruction, that illustrate how the policies and practical ideas have been implemented. It also includes links to extensive technical information on the topics covered by the handbook.

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