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Global and Local Interpretations of Risk Reduction in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands
Hollis Simon
This report is the summary of a two-year postdoctoral research project funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). The main aim of the project is to understand how the international community can be more effective in supporting disaster risk reduction practices in developing states. This objective is formed from (1) a personal conviction that research ought to have a practical end-use and (2) marks an attempt to answer a question posed at the conclusion of my recently published book, namely: what can explain an observed division between global rhetoric on reducing disaster risk and national activity at the community level (see: The Role of Regional Organizations in Disaster Risk Management: A Strategy for Global Resilience. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Examining the scope conditions on the transference of knowledge on DRR has consequently established the main objective of this study.