Knowledge exchange tools for participatory post-disaster recovery.
After a natural disaster, survivors are often depending on external aid for temporary shelter. History presents that low-income groups are not able to make the next step to more permanent housing. The way aid is given should incorporate decent housing that can be upgraded for permanent use on the long term. The hazard resistance of the basic structure is therefore evident. This research focusses on the development of a tool to efficiently exchange the needed building related knowledge with disaster survivors to support their self-recovery. The knowledge is related to hazard resistant construction principles. The tool can be applied by NGO’s to guide basically educated and low-income groups in their recovery process, enabling increased self-reliance.