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International Recovery Platform

Building Back Better

‘Experience has shown that participatory, people-centred housing reconstruction is far more effective than top-down, institutional delivery. However, these processes are slower and more complex, with the result that they are widely believed to be impractical for large-scale projects or programmes. This important book demonstrates defi nitively that this assumption does not hold. Conceptual arguments and diverse case studies, including post-tsunami and post-earthquake reconstruction in Sri Lanka and El Salvador respectively, examine how larger scale interventions have deployed participatory methods for both temporary and permanent shelter, in state-led as well as non-state contexts and in both rural and urban areas.

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