The Programme and Research Advisory Committee (PRAC) has included security in its list of major governance themes. The Project Group on Security and Safety has been asked to address this sub-theme, looking in particular at the issues of crisis and contingency management. The Project Group is chaired by Dr. Jacek Czaputowicz of the University of Warsaw, and Dr. David Brown of the University of Ottawa is the rapporteur. For detailed objectives of the Project Group and an initial overview of the field, refer to the following Concept Note .
The Project Group on Security and Safety is working towards a comparative public administration publication on the subject of emergency planning and crisis response. It is aiming to have the complete text ready in 2014.
The project group has considered the governance and public administration dimensions of natural and human-induced disasters, including industrial and transportation accidents as well as the consequences of conflict situations (although not military conflicts as such). Disasters are defined as events that exceed the capacity of the state to respond, with the public sector often finding itself and its employees severely affected, in addition to the impacts on civil society. Typically, disaster events affect all social and economic actors in the affected areas and in turn they can require an “all-of-society” response, cutting across established day-to-day public institutions and processes. Frequently, disasters cross national and other jurisdictional boundaries and involve significant interjurisdictional challenges. They can have a particularly severe impact on developing countries, compounding existing weaknesses in governance and administrative institutions.
Provisionally entitled Dealing with Disaster: Public Capacities for Crisis and Contingency Management, the publication builds on the following generic table of contents.
The papers fall under four categories:
- Cross-cutting facets of crisis management, including the role of community-level organization and the protection of government information in crisis situations
- The role of international organizations, including regional collaboration
- National institutional capacity case studies in crisis and contingency management
- Case studies of natural and human-made disasters
The project group has met annually since 2010 at the IIAS Congress. Most recently it presented its ongoing work at the Joint Congress of the IIAS-IASIA in Manama, Bahrain (1-6 June 2013) – for more information refer to the summary of the Bahrain meeting.
The project group will hold a final meeting on June 15, 2014 at the IIAS Congress in Ifrane Morocco. At that time it will present an overview of its publication. Participating authors will also be invited to present their chapters. In addition, there will be a discussion of possible areas for future work in this field by the IIAS. All participants in the lfrane conference are invited to attend.
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