UPLINK’s documents about post-tsunami reconstruction

Newsletter of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights, Number 16, August 2005

Even when faced with new regulations and market forces which threaten their right to reoccupy their traditional coastal land, tsunami-battered villagers are going back. And once back, their rebuilding becomes not only a powerful act of negotiation, but a way of showing that traditional fishing villages and coastal development can peacefully coexist.

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Community driven tsunami rehabilitation

The following is a slightly-edited transcript of the ACHR-sponsored networking event on “Community-driven tsunami rehabilitation”, which was held on June 20, 2006, as part of the World Urban Forum, in Vancouver, Canada. The idea of organizing this workshop in the big Vancouver meeting was not only to bring out the people-driven tsunami rehabilitation processes that have been going on in four affected countries, but to emphasize that making communities the key actors should be an important principle in all kinds of development work which involve the poor – not only disasters.

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