Preparing for megadisasters: lessons from the Asian tsunami


Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 11 May 2010


Acton Lecture Theatre, #132 JG Crawford Building, ANU


Peter McCawley


Henry Keenan
6125 5559
Poor people in developing countries live risky lives. Amongst the risks they face are the risks of disasters. In recent years ’ and especially following the 2004 Asian tsunami ’ the international community has been paying increasing attention to the impact of disasters in developing countries. This new approach, in turn, is part of a heightened awareness of the need to strengthen human security for the poor in developing countries. This seminar will consider both the international and regional response following the 2004 Asian tsunami. Some policy lessons to be learnt in aiming to reduce disaster risks faced by the poor in developing countries will be outlined.

Peter McCawley is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU in Canberra. Between 1980-85 he was Head of the Indonesia Project. Most recently, he was Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute based in Tokyo in 2003-2007. One of his main areas of current research is the provision of aid following the 2004 tsunami in Asia. In cooperation with Professor Sisira Jayasuriya from LaTrobe University he has recently completed a book on the Asian tsunami to be published later this year.

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