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Bangladesh - Planning and Implementation of Post-Sidr Housing Recovery: Practice, Lessons and Future Implications

This case study, ‘Bangladesh: Planning and Implementation of Post-Sidr Housing Recovery: Practice, Lessons and Future Implications’, was conducted in 2014 to document the lessons learned from the housing recovery operation carried out in the wake of Cyclone Sidr that hit Bangladesh in 2007. The cyclone, which caused damage to over a million houses, prompted arguably the largest ever housing recovery in the country’s disaster history. In a fi rst, housing was considered an integral component of a principle-led recovery that sought to reach out to the most vulnerable sections of society, as opposed to random repairs and reconstruction of houses in the past. The recovery operation, infl uenced by an array of national and international agencies and their strategies and approaches, has brought about a visible change in the housing recovery practices of Bangladesh. Thus, the post-Sidr recovery operation offers important lessons for Bangladesh and other countries in shaping effective post-disaster recovery guidelines.


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