Institutional Coordination in Disaster Management in the Asia Pacific
Conference/Symposium: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management, including emergency response, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness. This conference seeks to assess coordination between different actors involved in disaster response, and identify factors that stymie coordination as these actors transition between one phase of disaster management to another. To do so, this conference has the following four objectives: (1) examine how various actors integrate their operational platforms to facilitate service provision in response to different disasters; (2) identify the factors that influence breakdown in cross-sector collaboration (or those that prevent collaboration in the first place); (3) analyze how lack of coordination in one phase of disaster management, such as emergency response, influences coordination in subsequent phases, such as long-term service provision; (4) and trace how break-down in cross-sector collaboration at one level, such as the regional level, influences cooperation at the international, national, and local levels. The findings of this conference will help policy makers and practitioners minimize the likelihood of coordination breakdown, and thereby reduce the deleterious effects that coordination breakdowns often have on crisis-affected communities. Conference participants range from practitioners with on-the-ground experience in crisis response, to relevant policy makers in East Asian countries, to academics with extensive research experience in institutional coordination.