RESEARCH & ADVOCACY

Collaboration for Humanitarian Action

Collaboration for Humanitarian Action traces the journey of SEEDS’ work in partnership with PwC India Foundation in diverse disaster contexts and geographies over the last 5 years and draws lessons from this experience to inspire others in the sector to nurture more such collaborative efforts.

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Decoding the Monsoon floods
Floods are amongst the most damaging and recurrent of all disasters in the Asian region. Additionally, they are morphing into new and even more devastating forms in recent years. Uncovering these nuances, ‘Decoding the monsoon floods in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Nepal’ is a regional analysis report based on disaster data between 2000 and 2017.

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Boiling Point – Climate Change Impacts on the Frontlines in India:
Boiling Point presented case studies from different parts of India; where local communities are already under the assault of climate change. Ten broad areas of intervention were identified in the given national context.
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Let’s Make Schools Safer
A compendium highlighting different methodologies on school safety and the testimonies of those who have benefited. We hoped it would urge decision makers and policy planners to make school safety a part of their policy and influence parents to play an active role in this change process.
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Towards Permanence – A brief guide to designing post-disaster shelters in India
A pocket guide that explores materials and technologies for housing reconstruction, based on geo-climactic zones in India. Instead of prescribing fixed designs, the guide identifies best-practice components and features.
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Lessons that matter
Lessons that matter is an effort to put experiences of the 2001 Indian Ocean Tsunami into words, ensuring lessons learnt are put into practice in future recovery processes.
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Building resilience through community lifelines
This report explores the seminal role that public infrastructure can play in disasters; the urgent need to strengthen schools and hospitals; and the steps that can be taken to build resilience through these community lifelines.
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Pan Himalayan Study
The traditional architecture of the Himalayan region was uniquely crafted to suit its diverse geo-climactic needs and disaster risks. This study explores the Himalayan built environment.
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Securing our shores
Our work on promoting a multi-layered and multi-species bio-shield in Tamil Nadu, with the learning after the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
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Climate Refugees
Climate Refugees was an attempt to understand and capture the repercussions of climate change on concerned communities. Using selected case studies from climate affected regions of the country, it had a focus on rural-urban migration due to climate change and the continuing struggles for basic needs once in the city.
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The Unheard Voices – Uttarakhand Flash Floods 2013
The hidden stories and needs were an immense challenge for aid agencies in the wake of the floods.
This report found and extrapolated critical issues including five priority areas: humanitarian crisis, shelter, schools, livelihoods and WASH; as well as cross-cutting issues.
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The Silent Stories – Nepal Earthquake 2015
In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, this compilation dove into the human face of needs. It concentrated on seven core components to help inform the direction and tenor of the recovery process.
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Translating Traditional Knowledge into DRR and CCA Action
Environment friendly and safety enhancing traditional techniques abound across the South Asian region. The Environment, Risk Reduction and Adaptation (TERRA) Learning Project aimed to help translate such stories into disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation action.
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Breaking down global frameworks for local action
The 2030 frameworks together provide an opportunity for joint, cohesive action. Together, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, Addis Ababa Accord on financing, Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement on climate change, World Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III on urban issues cover a spectrum of risks. This document presents simplified versions of these different frameworks, breaking them down for frontline action.
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ALL4DR booklet (2016 launch)
The Asian Local Leaders Forum for Disaster Resilience (ALL4DR) is an ongoing initiative that aims to recognise, link and nurture local leadership. This booklet is an overview of its launch at the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR in 2016.
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