1st Edition

Disaster Risk Governance Four Cases from Developing Countries

By Denise Thompson Copyright 2020
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    Disaster Risk Governance offers the first extensive engagement with disaster risk governance in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last decade and a half Kenya, Jamaica, Dominica, and Zanzibar have all suffered massive destruction from disasters caused by natural hazards. Despite the tremendous investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR), disasters have wiped out the developmental gains of these countries.

    In this book, Denise Thompson argues that disaster risk governance (DRG) as a practical and academic matter has not been given the attention it deserves, and as a result, this neglect has undermined the time, money and resources invested in DRR in developing countries since the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thompson proposes that properly conceptualizing DRG based on context will help to address some of the deficiencies. Consequently, DRG needs to become a central focus, particularly for developing countries. 

    Written with real-life implications for developing countries, Disaster Risk Governance is perfectly suited for practitioners and researchers in area studies, disaster risk reduction and disaster governance, as well as students of disaster studies.

    1. Introduction 

    Part 1: 

    2. Over Four Decades of Ignoring Disaster Risk Governance 

    3. Making Conceptual Connections Necessary for More Effective Disaster Risk Governance in Developing Countries 

    4. Disaster Risk Governance 

    5. Institutions: The Centerpiece of Governance 

    Part 2: 

    6. Disaster Risk Governance in Jamaica 

    7. Disaster Risk Governance in Dominica 

    8. Disaster Risk Governance in Kenya 

    9. Disaster Risk Governance in Zanzibar 

    10. Disaster Risk Governance in Developing Countries


    Denise Thompson is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Her research work and publications focus on disaster risk reduction and governance, vulnerability and disaster supply chain and logistics in multi-state systems in the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to her research work Denise Thompson teaches classes in public policy, organization theory and emergency management and works to develop curricula and program improvement initiatives to improve student learning outcomes in these areas.

    "This book provides a truly fascinating overview of the complex layers that have evolved to create today's challenges faced by developing countries in terms of resilience. At the very heart of these challenges lies disaster risk governance, without which it is virtually impossible to create an effective, inclusive disaster risk reduction system. Through her research and analysis, Thompson addresses this clearly, and provides some pertinent conclusions as to possible ways forward."Emily Hough, Founder and Managing Editor of the Crisis Response Journal

    "In Disaster Risk Governance: Four Cases from Developing Countries Professor Thompson seeks to focus the radar on a seldom discussed and analyzed subject in Disaster Risk Management. Through the cases it explores another window for analyzing the relationship between the policies and politics of disaster risk management and the outcomes of hazard impacts."Jeremy Colllymore, Honorary Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Development, University of the West Indies.