More with Less: Disasters in an Era of Diminishing Resources [NOOK Book]

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Natural and human-made disasters are increasing around the world. Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and resultant famine, floods, and armed conflicts are constant reminders of the frailty of our human race. Global warming may cause whole island states to be submerged as the oceans rise. In the past these acute and recurring crises have been met by the international community responding to UN and media appeals. The economic collapse of nations is now a reality; some of those most affected had ...
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More with Less: Disasters in an Era of Diminishing Resources

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Natural and human-made disasters are increasing around the world. Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and resultant famine, floods, and armed conflicts are constant reminders of the frailty of our human race. Global warming may cause whole island states to be submerged as the oceans rise. In the past these acute and recurring crises have been met by the international community responding to UN and media appeals. The economic collapse of nations is now a reality; some of those most affected had been traditional, generous donors to disaster relief operations. It is unlikely-probably impossible-that they will be able to continue to contribute overseas when their own domestic needs are unmet.
A recent New York Times front page report suggested that one of the few domestic issues to have bipartisan support was to cut the foreign aid budget. This book analyzes the global economic forecast and the United Nations pattern of philanthropy, provides a case study of how one nation with a tradition of giving will cope in the face of a marked reduction in flexible funds, and then provides thoughtful chapters on new approaches to disaster preparedness and disaster response. Among the contributors are the Director of UNESCO, the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Assistance, the Secretary General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and fresh suggestions from three well-known global entrepreneurs.
All royalties from this book go to the training of humanitarian workers.
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Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., is University Professor and Director of Fordham University's Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs and Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments XV

List of Abbreviations xvii

Introduction Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. 1

Preparedness

Globalization, Growth, Poverty, Governance, and Humanitarian Assistance Dominick Salvatore 11

WFP: Organizational Maintenance in Uncertain Times Masood Hyder 34

Disasters-A Nation's Experience in an Economic Recession Ronan Murphy 50

What Can Modern Society Learn from Indigenous Resiliency? Margareta Wahlstrom 70

Response

Providing for the Most Vulnerable in the Twenty-First Century Flavia Bustreo, M.D. 77

Noncommunicable Diseases and the New Global Health Thomas J. Bollyky 95

Humanitarian Response in the Era of Global Mobile Information Technology Valerie Amos 110

Disasters and the Media Jeremy Toye 123

Toward a Culture of Safety and Resilience Irina Bokova 142

Education and Disaster Management Kevin M. Cahill Alexander van Tulleken 160

Entrepreneurial Approaches

Capitalizing on Travel and Tourism in Preparing for Trouble Richard Gordon 175

Business in an Age of Emergency Richard Branson 198

An Afghan Media Tale Thomas Freston 214

Terror, Transformed: A Financier's Journey into Social Entrepreneurship Michael Pollack 229

Notes 249

List of Contributors 263

The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs 267

Index 269

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