Olson at World Reconstruction Conference

RRU Staff

Associate faculty member Dr. Laura Olson was a featured expert at the fourth World Reconstruction Conference, hosted by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

The conference was held May 13 and 14 in Geneva, Switzerland, with the theme “Inclusion for Resilient Recovery.”

In a video for the conference, Olson discusses how disaster recovery can risk reinforcing existing inequalities, and why a more inclusive form of recovery is vital.

“Inclusive recovery is the foundation for success. One of its challenges is that it requires us to think about our systems and to turn our models and systems upside down,” Olson says.

“Top down is easy. Bottom up is hard. The opportunity is to take a look at the way we’re approaching these problems and question our models and methods and what skill sets we do need… we have to first build trust.”

Watch the video.

Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change.