Conference Announcement: Restoring Communities through Home-Owner-Driven Reconstruction: from Post-Emergency to Development Colombo, Sri Lanka, 24-25th March 2014

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in partnership with the European Union (EU), Australian Aid and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is pleased to announce a conference on post emergency shelter reconstruction to be held at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka from 24-25 March, 2014. The conference theme is ‘Restoring Communities through Home-Owner-Driven Reconstruction: from post-Emergency to Development’.

This conference will bring together key national and international stakeholders in the reconstruction, post-emergency and development sectors including donors, implementing partners, policy makers, development practitioners and academicsThe discussions will be geared towards practical approaches in addressing the housing needs in post crisis scenarios with a special focus on prevailing needs in Sri Lanka.

Conference Themes:

  1. Home Owner Driven Reconstruction and the People’s Process in practice
  2. Ensuring integration and enabling environments
  3. Beyond Reconstruction – sustainable communities

 Call for Papers

We are now inviting abstracts for paper presentations and posters/exhibits on the above conference themes. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 25, 2014.

We encourage submissions of good practice as well as those that address challenges in both technical aspects of reconstruction in post crisis scenarios as well as the underlying issues of participation. The conference selection committee will review proposals and inform authors of their placement on the programme no later than January 31, 2014.

Conference Details

To learn more about the conference, including speakers, session formats, venue, registration, submission of papers, visit the conference web pages.

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