Disasters bring large scale devastation and destruction of houses. The issues related to housing reconstruction are often complex and involve many agencies and competing needs often with high political pressure to respond quickly. There is quite a bit of literature on disaster response and relief and humanitarian assistance, but little literature available on housing reconstruction.
The World Bank put together a multi-disciplinary team to prepare a manual for housing reconstruction. This handbook has been written to assist public officials and World Bank staff engaged in large-scale post-disaster housing reconstruction programs in making some of the most difficult decisions that have to be made following a disaster, decisions regarding how to reconstruct disaster-affected housing and communities.
Because the focus is on the public sector, one of the central messages of the handbook is that policy makers should make a concerted effort to maintain consistency with existing public policies in the corresponding sectors, as they make decisions about the post-disaster reconstruction strategy.