Promoting Safer-Building and Supporting Self-Recovery


Carpenters Training, Philippines. Source: CARE International UK

On the 27th of January representatives from across the humanitarian shelter sector and academic research community met at CARE International UK for the first Promoting Safer Building project workshop.


  1. Further define the questions to which we are seeking answers.
  2. Determine an appropriate and effective multi-disciplinary approach/methodology.
  3. Outline an operational methodology for researching case studies.

The workshop invited many different people from various shelter and non-shelter humanitarian, academic and technical institutions and also included our project advisory group.

Conceptualising self-recovery
Source: CARE International UK

Workshop activities

The main activities throughout the day were presentations on different self-recovery experiences shared by Bill Flinn and Daniel Pohoryles as well as a presentation on knowledge exchange and research ethics by Eefje Hendricks. Finally, Charles Parrack presented a literature/evidence synthesis on the notion of (safer) self-recovery.

See the presentations: 

Self-Recovery in the Philippines and Vanuatu – Bill Flinn

Assisted self-reconstruction in Valparaiso, Chile – Daniel Pohoryles

Effective Knowledge Exchange for Post-Disaster Self-Recovery – Eefje Hendricks


Ethics in Post-Disaster Research Source: CARE International UK

These were followed by revolving group discussions around four key themes:

(1) Multidisciplinary research methods

(2) Research Questions

(3) Outputs and outcomes

(4) The ethics of post-disaster research



Going forward, Brngy. Maricum in Pastrana

Outputs of the workshop

The outputs of the group discussions were brought together to define a clearer direction for the research, to establish four key research questions and to develop a multidisciplinary approach for the methodology. You can read more about this in the Workshop Report (coming soon).




Research questions:

How do individual households and communities self-recover from disasters?

What are the specific strategies adopted in self-recovery?

How do various actors support (or hinder) this process?

What are the specific interventions/conditions that support (or hinder) self-recovery?


A special thank you to all participants of the workshop who enabled a very fruitful discussion and have helped us move forward with this project.



First project workshop 27th January 2017
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