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India and Turkey: Transforming natural disaster into community development


By Sheryl Feldman
Statistical and systemic analyses of disaster response are becoming more sophisticated by the day.=A0 Excellent as they are, they tend to lack first-hand evaluations of relief efforts from its "users," those community members who experience the disaster and are instrumental in recovery, but who also experience the well-intended efforts of others to help them.

Between February 10 and 19, 2002, five grassroots women who survived the 1999 Marmara earthquake in Turkey traveled to quake affected villages in Gujarat (2001 quake) and Latur (1993 quake) in India to investigate the quality of grassroots recovery as well as the role of women's saving and credit groups in community development.=A0=A0 As part of their study trip,=A0 they=A0 participated in a workshop with 175 grassroots women survivors of the Gujarat and Latur quakes, where all the women evaluated their own performance as well as that of NGOs and the government.

The following series of reports on the "Disaster Watch" were written for on-line communities of grassroots women's organizations and their professional partners and were published in March of 2002.=A0

Swam Shikshan Prayog, a Mumbai-based NGO which seeks to bring women into the development process hosted guests from the Turkish Foundation for the Support of Women's work. GROOTS International and the Huairou Commission also supported the event.

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