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WED4.1: Collectors, coordinators and directors - Innovation in the management of disasters
Time: Wednesday, 29/Aug/2012: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Session Chair: Gavin John LOVE, WorleyParsons
Session Chair: Kit MIYAMOTO, Miyamoto International, Inc.
Location: Dischma

Workshop organized by WorleyParsons and Miyamoto International


Collectors, coordinators and directors - innovation in the management of disasters

Gavin John LOVE1, Kit MIYAMOTO2

1WorleyParsons, United States of America; 2Miyamoto International

Reporting by international aid organizations of humanitarian crises - Haiti, Japan, Pakistan, India, Australia, Colombia and so on, have focussed on an issue that is often discussed, but appears to be too complex to address - the coordination of cooperation between parties to ensure the seamless and coordinated delivery of relief, recovery, reconstruction, rehabilitation and redevelopment. Examples are provided of aid organizations offering support and nation states refusing the support until the effectiveness of the support is negated. Additionally, examples the same or similar aid being implemented without coordination and an understanding of the needs of the affect communities, results in wasted aid, disenfranchised individuals and aid donors.

Detractors of these reports will cite the development of a project management process for aid pro-grams, coordination between groups, existence of UN Cluster Groups, meetings between aid organizations, improved logistical coordination.

One of the issues identified at IDRC 2010 was the need for a coordinated logistics approach to hu-manitarian aid to ensure that the best results are achieved. Again the same situations were men-tioned, yet no one could offer a means to assist.

From the direct experience of our presenters, a new framework has been utilized to great effect during support of an on-going humanitarian relief and recovery program. The new framework relies on informal channels for communication, coordination and direction. More importantly it allows for the people and organization of the country that have suffer the disaster to assist in the recovery program.

The workshop will describe the "collector" system developed - the advantages to the management of the situation and to the development of resilience and long term sustainability in the country. In addition to outlining the collector systems, the workshop will discuss a method of assisting in the development and use of the collector system - a planning method that starts at the desired outcome (endstate) of the relief, recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction processes and works back to the beginning. There can be various endstates depending on the needs of the affected parties. To achieve each endstate, there are various endpoints that have to be identified and achieved. The method is dynamic as at each endpoint, the direction of the program could change to address issues that have arisen, or indeed changes in the endstate have occurred.

If we can define the desired endstate and then path needed to arrive at that point, we can ensure the more efficient and effective use of limited resources to develop resilience and long term sustainability in individuals, communities and nation states.

Objectives: (1) To illustrate the current challenges of managing increasingly more complex disas-ters. (2) Illustrate the simplicity and effectiveness of the collector system. (3) To demonstrate how the planning from endstate to beginning is far more effective than current planning and action programs.

Outcomes: (1) Development of a collector system to be included in future humanitarian relief / response activities. (2) Development of a planning framework and process that will assist in defining needs and requirements that can be directly linked to the assistance requested and/or being offered.

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