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Collaboration in Crises: Lessons in community participation from the Oxfam International Tsunami research program

Collaboration in Crises: Lessons in community participation from the Oxfam International Tsunami research program

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Since early in 2005, Oxfam has carried out research in the affected communities of India and Sri Lanka, laying the groundwork for programs, capturing observations and experiences of community members, and exploring new approaches to disaster response and risk reduction.

The program was aimed at improving the policies and practices of Oxfam and other aid agencies, as well as contributing to the effectiveness of the global humanitarian community in future emergencies.

The studies were designed and carried out by local and national academic institutes and non-governmental organizations – partners who brought to the task an awareness of the local context, and perspectives and ideas that were fresh to Oxfam.

The research capstone report summarizes the findings and achievements of this research program.
Since early in 2005, Oxfam has carried out research in the affected communities of India and Sri Lanka, laying the groundwork for programs, capturing observations and experiences of community members, and exploring new approaches to disaster response and risk reduction.

The program was aimed at improving the policies and practices of Oxfam and other aid agencies, as well as contributing to the effectiveness of the global humanitarian community in future emergencies.

The studies were designed and carried out by local and national academic institutes and non-governmental organizations – partners who brought to the task an awareness of the local context, and perspectives and ideas that were fresh to Oxfam.

The research capstone report summarizes the findings and achievements of this research program.

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This report introduces the studies and ndings o the Oxam InternationalTsunami Disaster Risk Reduction and Participatory Action Researchprogram, hereater reerred to as the tsunami research program. For inormation about the program, including an electronic version o this report,summaries o the research, stories rom the eld, and details about theresearch program itsel, please visit www.oxamamerica.org/eldstudiesor contact Russell Miles (rmiles@oxamamerica.org) or Elizabeth Stevens(estevens@oxamamerica.org).“Collaboration in Crises” is one o our Oxam International reports that markthe end o Oxam’s response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. The others arethe “Oxam International Tsunami Fund End-o-Program Report” (December 2008), an overview o the entire tsunami program; the “Oxam InternationalTsunami Fund: An Evaluation o the Tsunami Response” (planned or March2009), a synthesis o 13 evaluations conducted to extract lessons rom thetsunami program; and the “Oxam International Tsunami Fund Annual Reportand Accounts” (planned or May 2009).
 
Table o contents
Executive summary
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Foreword
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Introduction
9
I.
Research as a tool or thinking locally 13
II.
Methods and partners 17
III.
The central nding: Communities want more ownership 21
IV.
Owning disaster risk reduction:A prelude to community-guided disaster response 25
Conclusion
29
Stories rom the feld
33There is nothing that cannot be changed: The gender study 34Research that could save lives: The HIV study 36A process that can’t be rushed:The disaster preparedness program review 38The perect knowledge or survival: The community-baseddisaster risk reduction study 40Forecasting a better uture: Linking development anddisaster risk reduction programs 42Drawing water to a thirsty village: Following the lead o a community 44
Appendix I:
About the research and our partners 47
Appendix II:
Publications o the Oxam International TsunamiDisaster Risk Reduction and Participatory Action Research program 50
Appendix III:
Oxam’s humanitarian research in Aceh, Indonesia 51
Notes
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Acknowledgments
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About Oxam International
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