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Power of partnership conference: Poster: Poverty alleviation in the wake of typhoon Yolanda

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Power of partnership conference: Poster: Poverty alleviation in the wake of typhoon Yolanda

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Power of partnership conference: Poster: Poverty alleviation in the wake of typhoon Yolanda

  1. 1. Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda Pauline Eadie: Pauline.Eadie@nottingham.ac.uk Project Partners: University of Nottingham, UK University of the Philippines, Diliman. University of Nottingham, Ningbo China Three year project 2015-2018 Case Study – Tacloban, Tanauan, Palo – Eastern Visayas Region the Philippines Aim of project - to identify the strategies that work in relation to poverty alleviation in post- disaster urban environments and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies. Approach – Multiple interviews and household surveys. Audience – local and international disaster relief practitioners. Findings • Many communities and individuals had little control over their recovery, this entrenched them in their marginalized position in society. • ‘Resilience’ is an overused term that remains an aspiration rather than a sustainable reality. • Stakeholders should engage local communities to enhance their ability to rebuild their communities, and engage them in the process of sustainably developing their security, dignity, and resilience. • Entrenched patron-client relationships were transposed on to relief agencies and distorted the allocation of goods and services. Change: Increased awareness of: • The need for ‘good’ data post- disaster. • ‘Orphaned’ projects collapsing when disaster relief agencies leave. • The ongoing problem of top down relief building – despite rhetoric to the contrary. Capacity: • We trained local early career researchers in data gathering. • We shared our findings with the local communities we worked in and highlighted failures in practice that affected them. Coordination: • We generated a network of like minded academics and practitioners that are now sharing best practice at an international level. We hope this generates Impact during future disasters

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