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Disaster Management and Private Sectors

Challenges and Potentials

  • Takako Izumi
  • Rajib Shaw

Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Dewald van Niekerk, Everson Ndlovu, Paul Chipangura
    Pages 83-104
  3. Nitin Srivastava, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 123-134
  4. Takahiro Ono
    Pages 135-148
  5. Hung Nguyen The, Ranit Chatterjee, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 213-230
  6. Aslam Perwaiz
    Pages 231-245
  7. Man B. Thapa, Naresh Giri, Manish Basnyat
    Pages 301-313

About this book


This book draws upon case studies and practices of different types of DRR involvement by the private sector from all over the world. The book comprises two parts, Part I: Overview and Regional Cases; and Part II: Country Cases. The regional cases include those from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America, and the country cases include ones from India, Japan, the United States, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Nepal. DRR at the international level is discussed from the perspective of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The perspective of the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is presented in the discussion of DRR at the societal level.


The private sector is becoming more active in disaster management and plays an important role in distributing relief items and sending search and rescue teams in the response phase. However, once the response stage is over, private sector involvement tends to fade. While a number of disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives by the private sector are documented, they remain limited. The private sector can contribute enormously to DRR by developing business continuity plans, innovating technology for early warning systems, and providing and sharing technical knowledge, skills, and resources in the field of disaster preparedness. To strengthen DRR capacity, it is crucial to involve the private sector as major actors in DRR.


The primary target groups for this book are students and researchers in the fields of disaster management and DRR studies. Another target group comprises practitioners and policy makers, who will be able to apply the collective knowledge from this work to policy and decision making. The book provides an overview of the current research trends and furnishes basic knowledge on this important topic.


Community Practices Country Experiences Disaster Management Disaster Resilience Partnership and Management Private Sectors

Editors and affiliations

  • Takako Izumi
    • 1
  • Rajib Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS)Tohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Global Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversitySakyo-kuJapan

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