Guide to Disaster Recovery Capitals (ReCap)

A framework of ‘community capitals’ – natural, social, financial, cultural, political, built and human.


Resource details
Title Guide to Post-Disaster Recovery Capitals (ReCap)
Owner University of Melbourne, Australian Red Cross, Massey University, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Date last updated May 2021
Resource type Tool

What is this about?

This guide is for people, organisations and governments engaged in disaster recovery. It aims to support wellbeing after disasters by providing evidence-based guidance to aid decision-making, encouraging strengths-based, holistic and inclusive approaches to recovery.

Who is this resource for?

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

Table of contents

Natural capital

  • Connection
  • Climate change
  • Risk and barriers
  • Restoration
  • Remaining and relocating

Social capital

  • Relocation decisions
  • Community cohesion and participation
  • Relationships and support
  • Relocate / remain experiences
  • Inequities
  • Communication
  • Physical distancing
  • External support

Financial capital

  • Financial strain and assistance
  • Inequities worsening
  • External ties
  • Equitable funding
  • Insurance and investments

Cultural capital

  • Attitudes and norms
  • Inclusivity
  • Gender
  • Cultural cohesion
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Connection to nature

Political capital

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Community-led recovery
  • Power and voice
  • Influencing knowledge
  • External support
  • Leadership
  • Policies and regulations

Built capital

  • Damage and restoration
  • Risk and resilience
  • Social infrastructure
  • Remaining and relocating
  • Rebuilding appropriately

Human capital

  • Supporting others
  • Skills and livelihoods
  • Recovery workforce
  • Local capabilities
  • People at increased risk
  • Leadership