conference: owner-driven reconstruction

Submitted by jcravens42 on December 23, 2008 - 12:47pm.


'Owner Driven' Reconstruction (ODR) is gaining wide acceptance among governments and some of the largest agencies. It also finds support in the Hyogo Framework of Action, signed by168 governments and international agencies. With this up-scaling, ODR is encompassing a widening range of approaches to participation and reconstruction, which are designed and applied in a widening range of political, cultural, spatial and economic circumstances. While agencies have fairly wide experience of local-level implementation, and this is supported by a strong body of research, the practical and theoretical implications of up-scaling are yet to be fully understood. Through comparative analysis of theory and practice in eight national or sub-national programmes, the conference will debate: (How) can ODR be up-scaled without losing its intrinsic benefits for development? Can up-scaling bring benefits to ODR? In what contexts - political, institutional, cultural, spatial and economic - does a particular scaled-up approach work better than others? And are specific reconstruction criteria, for example vulnerability reduction, served better than others? In the context of its much wider adoption, what really is intrinsic to ODR?

The conference is a collaboration between the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Practical Action and London South Bank University. It will bring together experienced practitioners and academics working in shelter and/or development to review unpublished research, contribute to the development of a multi-level toolkit for agencies and to the development of a research agenda. Details and booking form

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