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BRIDGE is a specialised gender and development research and information service based in the Gender and Sexuality Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in the UK. As part of a global network of individuals and organisations working to advance gender equality, women’s rights, dignity and empowerment in development, we advocate for the crucial importance of a gender perspective in efforts to reduce poverty and promote social justice. BRIDGE is committed to making multilingual gender knowledge accessible outside the research community and to building bridges and dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

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    This blog site by the Gender and Equity Observatory contains a wealth of resources on gender and reconstruction. The Gender and Equity Observatory consists of 20 organisations from Chilean civil society; and is oriented toward political reflection, monitoring and evaluation. This site contains many articles related to the 2010 Chilean earthquake and reconstruction efforts, as well as women’s issues. It also has documentation from the seminar-forum ‘Women and Earthquake: Constructing City/Citizenships’ (Mujeres y Terremoto: Construyendo Ciudad/anías), held in Chile on 4 and 5 June 2010.

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    This website came out of a 2009 workshop on disaster, gender and vulnerable populations in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC), which was held in preparation for the IV International Congress on Gender and Disasters (Colombia, 2011). It contains documentation from the gender, vulnerable populations and disaster preparatory workshops in Guatemala (2010) Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago (October 2010), such as presentations and panel summaries.

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    This guide is designed to identify and assess the post-disaster needs of women, girls, boys and men across sectors. Produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it builds on the efforts of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as well as inputs from a range of other international organisations.

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    How do women represent an immense resource to combat climate change associated disaster risks? Their responsibilities in households, communities, and as stewards of natural resources equip them with knowledge and experience to build resilience in their communities as natural hazards intensify. This publication features various organisations’ initiatives in different parts of the world, which have successfully used disaster risk reduction as a tool to adapt to climate change, reducing risk and vulnerabilities while promoting gender equality in socio-economic development.

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    Post-disaster strategies that ignore the gendered effects of disaster will inevitably fail. Following the 2010 earthquake, the needs assessment led by Haiti's government (supported by the World Bank) did not address gender issues. This coalition gender shadow report, written by women from diverse backgrounds working in Haitian communities and the international arena, aims to provide all stakeholders involved in Haiti's reconstruction (policymakers, donors, civil society groups, etc) with missing gender content.

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    This Gender Action report on two of Haiti’s largest and most influential donors and policy advisors, the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), takes a look at their post-earthquake grants in Haiti. Contrary to both banks’ gender policy requirements, the majority of World Bank and IDB post-earthquake grants to Haiti are not explicitly gender sensitive, or focus on the role of women. Since the 2010 earthquake, World Bank has given seven grants and the IDB has approved 44 grants.

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    In 26 January 2001, Gujarat state in western India was devastated by an earthquake that left more than 20,000 dead, 167,000 injured and 700,000 homes destroyed. This film looks at the lives of women and children three years later. It was directed by eight women in quake-ravaged Kutch and Saurashtra regions, and produced by GROOTS and Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP). They travel to affected villages and talk to other people affected by the crisis. The goal of this film is to tell how women and children have progressed from crisis to development.

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    New approaches to disaster management are embracing the notion that women are valuable decision-makers, organisers and risk reducers who should be better integrated into key planning and recovery roles. More than 100 representatives from field NGOs, gender and development professionals, academics, grassroots leaders from over 12 states attended the Gender and Social Issues session at the First India Disaster Management Congress (IDMC) in November 2006. The presentations and recommendations from this session are available on the Disaster Watch website.