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Disaster Relief Aid

Changes and Challenges


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Bimal Kanti Paul
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  3. Bimal Kanti Paul
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  4. Bimal Kanti Paul
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  5. Bimal Kanti Paul
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  6. Bimal Kanti Paul
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-262

About this book


‘Dr. Paul has again provided an exceptional foundation in disaster studies, this time on the complex and evolving nature of humanitarian aid. Paul effortlessly guides the reader through aid theories, concepts, and processes across the disaster cycle while positing informative case studies, critiques, and prospects for more effective aid in the future. Undoubtedly a valuable text for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers alike.’

Luke Juran, Virginia Tech, USA

Disaster Relief Aid: Changes and Challenges provides a comprehensive analysis of disaster relief efforts undertaken globally during the last several decades, and examines the changes and challenges that have emerged over time. The book evaluates the current state of disaster relief and discusses how it may be improved.  The author examines salient features of disaster relief operations and provides an overview of the development of global humanitarian assistance programs. The book also explores how disaster aid is channelled from non-affected areas to affected areas. Using five major natural and man-made disasters as case studies, the book analyses the nature and extent of emergency relief efforts undertaken for each. The final chapter covers the post-disaster convergence phenomenon; outlines the major challenges of international disaster relief operation and finally, posits recommendations on how to improve future disaster relief efforts. 

This is an essential interdisciplinary text on disaster response for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as an invaluable resource for disaster researchers, managers, and numerous international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international agencies.


natural disasters disaster management disaster relief aid environmental management Human ecological tradition Biased relief distribution Good Humanitarian Donorship Post-Disaster Needs Assessment humanitarianism and volunteerism Acceptable list of necessary relief items Humanitarian Assistance Flow of Relief Aid and Pledge Ways to Improve Humanitarian Logistics Social Networks as Providers and Distributors of Disaster Relief

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

About the authors

Bimal Kanti Paul is a Professor of Geography at Kansas State University, USA. His core areas of geographic research are in human-environment interactions, population and health geographies, geospatial analysis and application.

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