Still Standing?

Looking Back at Reconstruction and Disaster Risk Reduction in Housing

Author: Theo Schilderman,Eleanor Parker

Publisher: Practical Action Pub

ISBN: 9781853398407

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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Huge levels of aid are spent on reconstructing housing after disasters. Have these houses withstood the test of time and hazard? Just as important from the point of view of their owners, has the reconstruction process played a part in restoring their livelihoods and social networks? Unfortunately, aid agencies rarely go back to assess the impact of reconstruction in the longer term. The research upon which Still Standing? is based has done just that. Agencies that undertook projects 3–35 years ago in countries throughout Asia and Latin America have gone back to record changes and to interview beneficiaries, builders, authorities and other agencies in their project areas.This book describes the stories of the project beneficiaries and how their houses have changed, within contexts that have kept changing too. Still Standing? is essential reading for architects and engineers involved in humanitarian fieldwork as well as students and researchers concerned with disaster risk reduction.
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The Gamble

General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006 - 2008

Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141910410

Category: History

Page: 432

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Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the US military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy in Iraq - and the bloody implementation of that strategy on the ground. In his international bestseller Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks gave us the definitive reckoning with what went so wrong in Iraq. The story The Gamble tells is how, when the war was at its darkest hour, a group of dissident junior commanders and their civilian allies did an end run around their superiors in the military establishment and seized control of the war. The result was "the Surge," one of the American military's boldest strategic gambles since the landings at Inchon. General David Petraeus gave military expert Thomas E. Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team during the past two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytical depth. It is the story of military leadership in the crucible of war, under excruciating political pressure at home. It is also the story of the soldiers who executed the strategy out in the field. Ricks concludes that the war likely will last for many years to come - and that it will not be remembered for the reasons we think.
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Tropical Forest Update

A Newsletter from the International Tropical Timber Organization to Promote Conservation and Sustainable Management of Tropical Forest Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Forest management

Page: N.A

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