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A nation rebuilding: an assessment of reconstruction and economic recovery one year after Hurricane Ivan

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Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada on September 7, 2004 and one year later a group of researchers undertook an analysis of the impact of relief work. 

Large-scale efforts had been mounted by Grenadian Government agencies, the private sector and civil society in Grenada. Several bilateral and multi-lateral agencies as well as international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provided considerable assistance.

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the relief and reconstruction programs that took place through the efforts of the Grenadian authorities and outside agencies during one year.

While this report was prepared to provide a reference for future analyses of disaster response it was hoped that it would also be useful to stakeholders in the reconstruction efforts, in the allocation of resources, and in preparation for future programs .

In August and September 2005 a three-person team visited Grenada and Barbados to document the reconstruction that had been achieved during the one-year period after Hurricane Ivan. The mission met with representatives of Government ministries, donor agencies, utility companies, civil society, NGOs and the private sector.