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Communities in post-disaster recovery: Working with conflict in and between

It is normal for all communities, even those with strong social capital to experience periods of conflict and fatigue after a disaster.

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This resource is hosted on the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience website.

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience develops, maintains, and shares knowledge and learning. This is in support of a disaster resilient Australia. 

There are many resources collections available. These include the Australian Emergency Management Library, and the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection. Collections also include the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, and Major Incidents Report. Their Knowledge Hub is a large collection containing many resources to support recovery.  

This resource is part of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience recovery collection.

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Resource details
Title Communities in post-disaster recovery: Working with conflict in and between
Owner Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
Date last updated November 2020
Resource type Tool

What is this about?

It is not uncommon for communities to experience conflict after a disaster.

This resource offers findings from recovery and community conflict practitioners about how to view conflict, understand it, potentially prevent it and how to deal with it. It is written for public organisations working with communities but may be useful to other organisations and communities themselves.

Who is this resource for?

  • Local Government
  • Community Service Organisations
  • Non Government Organisations
  • Community Recovery Committees

Table of contents

Experiencing conflict after a disaster – Public organisations working with communities

  • Understanding: What is the role of a public organisation?
  • A living democracy: What can happen in communities after a disaster?
  • Tips for preparation and preventing the conflict that can arise after a disaster

What is conflict

  • Causes of conflict: What happened there?
  • Types of conflict: What do you see?
  • How to deal with conflict: A causes lens
  • What is possible: Transforming conflict

Points to remember

A living democracy: Sustaining and building democracy

Reviewed 08 November 2021

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