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International Recovery Platform

Summary Report

Learning from Recovery after Hurricane Mitch is a review of how Nicaragua has recovered from Hurricane Mitch over the past ten years. The focus is on how relevant the assumptions and claims that were made in the initial recovery planning have been in light of subsequent development. After the hurricane the initial expectations of government, civil society and the international community were that recovery efforts would ‘transform’ Nicaragua. These assumptions have proven to have been wildly optimistic. Market upheavals and livelihood changes in rural areas have, over time, had more profound impact on recovery trends than aid. An understanding of the role of aid in recovery must therefore be anchored in a broad awareness of how development has changed the nature of poverty, vulnerability and risk.

Learning from Recovery after Hurricane Mitch: Experience from Nicaragua


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