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DM-804 Disaster Response and Recovery
Campus MCE
Programs PG
Session Spring Semester 2017
Course Title Disaster Response and Recovery
Course Code DM-804
Credit Hours 3-0
Pre-Requisutes None
Course Objectives Aims to introduce the students to different themes related to Disaster Response and Recovery. The course also aims to provide fundamental knowledge of Project Cycle Management and to introduce students the wide range of key tools that support effective project cycle management.
Detail Content
  • Overview of Response to Disasters
    • Planning for response to natural disasters
    • Planning for response to man-made disasters
  • Managing Disasters and Emergences
    • Management, Organization and Coordination
    • Needs assessment and immediate response, supplies and logistics
    • Activating Emergency Notification and Disaster Response Systems
    • Resource Mobilization and Allocation
    • Communication between Agencies
    • Sector Components
      • Rescue and medical Assistance for the affected
      • Relief measures and methodologies
      • Evacuation plan and its implementation
      • Water and Sanitation
      • Food and nutrition
      • logistics and transport
      • Other Domestic Needs
      • Health
      • Shelters
      • Social Protection and Security
    • Crisis and conflict management
    • Disaster Reporting
      • Understanding Disaster Reporting
      • Phases of Disaster Reporting (pre, during, post)
      • Risk Management Regime and Sources of Information
      • Current Trends in Reporting Disasters
      • Role of Local Media (Role & Obligations)
      • Disasters on the News Desks
      • Conflict Sensitive Reporting
      • Developing a Code of Conduct for reporting disasters
  • Planning for Recovery and Resettlement
    • Disaster planning and recovery issues
    • Relief and Residual Relief
    • Response and recovery programs (settlement, infrastructure, services and livelihood, etc)
    • Institutional framework and networking
    • Reconstruction
  • Overview of the Project Cycle
    • The project cycle and key PCM principles
    • The merged approach
    • The integrated approach
  • The Logical framework approach
    • Introduction to the Logframe approach
    • The Logframe Matrix
  • Technical Appraisals
    • Benefit-cost analysis
    • Environmental Impact Analysis
    • Social Impact Analysis
    • Mounting project appraisals (Designing ToR (Terms of Reference), team selection, managing the process, triangulating results)
  • Getting into Log frames
    • From objectives, to activities to inputs. Time frames. Exit Strategies.
    • Project ownership and management structures. Participatory design and institutional capacity building. Financial planning. Monitoring.
    • Risks and Assumptions in Project Design. SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis. Evaluation and institutional learning. Project Handover and exit strategies.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Designing a Monitoring system
    • Core Monitoring Questions
    • The evaluation process
    • Principles underlying evaluation
    • Evaluation in planning cycle process
    • Linking log frame to evaluation
  • Reporting of projects
    • Writing project reports
    • Communication
  • Disaster Recovery: Issues and Remedies
    • Thinking ahead: from disaster to development
    • Claims and compensations
    • Logistics, resource planning and monitoring during disaster management
    • Disaster wastes: Thinking about recycling
    • Health and safety issues
  • Entitlement, equity and governance
Text/Ref Books
  • Oxfam. (1995). The Oxfam Handbook of Development and Relief, Oxfam, Oxford.
  • Hanley, N., Spash, C. L. (1993). Cost-benefit analysis and the environment. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham
  • Save the Children (1996). Toolkits: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Monitoring, Review and Evaluation, Save the Children, London.
  • Cernea M. M. (Ed) (1991). Putting People First, Sociological variables in rural development, Second Edition, A World Bank Publication, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Robinson, D. Hewitt, T. and Harris, J. (2000). Managing Development: understanding inter-organizational relationships, Sage Publications, London
  • Wield D. (1999). Tools for project development within a public action framework, Development in Practice, Volume 9, Numbers 1 & 2. Sage Publications, LondonWarren, D.M. et al. (1995). The Cultural Dimensions of Development, Intermediate Technology Publications, London.
Time Schedule Spring 2015
Faculty/Resource Person Lec Razia Sharif MS Disaster Management