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International Recovery Platform

Community participation in rebuilding in the Maldives


The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 caused widespread destruction and left thousands of people homeless in the small island nation of the Maldives. The emergency response was swift, and the government immediately set about determining how best to rebuild the devastated country.
The International Federation sought ways to stimulate greater community participation in the project. A Community Involvement Plan was developed together with the government to promote better two-way communication between the communities concerned, including the island authorities, and the International Federation and to provide opportunities for meaningful and active community involvement in the project. The plan introduced a variety of simple and practical initiatives to address community concerns and questions about the housing project as it evolved, while cementing budding relationships among all those involved in the project.

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