Accountability as a Program of Philosophy
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This paper is an attempt to bring into perspective the issue of accountability to victims as it relates to relief and the provision of housing in disaster situations. It is implied herein that making post-disaster housing programs accountable to beneficiaries is a major departure from present modes of operation. I am further suggesting that accountability to victims should be both an operational method and a program philosophy. After defining accountability, we will examine how accountability relates to the practical aspects of disaster management, and will review guidelines and recommendations for making accountability to victims more than just a new cliche.
DescriptionPaper presented at a conference, Disasters and the Small Dwelling, Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford, England. Studies of relief systems. (11). Disaster management: Management Problems/Issues. (101.1)
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Ressler, Everett (1978). Accountability as a Program of Philosophy. Available electronically from