Developing NGO competencies in post-disaster reconstruction: a theoretical framework

J.K. Von Meding, L. Oyedele, D.J. Cleland

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    In the aftermath of recent natural disasters, NGOs have become increasingly involved in the permanent reconstruction of affected communities. These organizations, often operating well outside their expertise, encounter significant barriers as they implement reconstruction programmes. This paper presents the theoretical bedrock of a current research project, the overall goal of which is to design a competency-based framework model that can be used by NGOs in post-disaster reconstruction projects. Drawing on established theories of management, a unique perspective has been developed from which a competency-based reconstruction theory emerges. This theoretical framework brings together three distinct fields; Disaster Management, Strategic Management and Project Management, each vital to the success of the model. This theoretical study will incorporate a critical review of literature within each field. It is imperative that NGOs involved in post-disaster reconstruction familiarize themselves with concepts and strategies. It is hoped that the competence-based frame-work model that is produced on the basis of this theory will help define the standard of best practice to which future NGO projects might align themselves.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)36-45
    Number of pages10
    JournalDisaster Advances
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Geography, Planning and Development

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