Risky Encounters: Institutions and interventions in response to recurrent disasters and conflict

Annelies Heijmans focused on local level responses to recurrent small scale disasters and conflict in Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In the case of small disasters, affected people largely rely on their own resources to cope with adversity. The research looked into the meaning and everyday politics of community-based disaster risk reduction processes facilitated by local NGOs.

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

The research was an interactive programme, sponsored by, designed and implemented with Oxfam Novib and ICCO/ Kerkinactie, who wished to explore the potential of community-based DRR (CBDRR) approaches. In collaboration with local NGOs, CBDRR was piloted in a total of 44 villages. The research  considers the multi-level institutions through which meaning and implementation of CBDRR policy are negotiated and transformed, from the conceptual policy design stage until the arena where decisions on risk solutions and resource allocation are made.

PhD candidate: Annelies Heijmans

Promotor: Dorothea Hilhorst