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Build Back Better: What Is It, and What Should It Be?

Publication | December 2019
Build Back Better: What Is It, and What Should It Be?

This paper examines the economic dimensions of building back better (BBB) after disaster events and proposes four criteria for effectiveness: safety, speed, inclusiveness, and long-term economic potential.

It aims to support planning by defining economic BBB more precisely and concretely, and suggests that these criteria provide a rough checklist. Neglecting any of them would make it much more difficult to meet the aim of building strong and resilient communities that are better able to cope with and bounce back from future disasters associated with natural hazards.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • The Typology of Postdisaster Recovery
  • Long-Term Macroeconomic Build Back Better
  • Build Back Better at the Local Level
  • The Case of Sri Lanka after the 2004 Tsunami
  • The 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake
  • Policy Conclusions about Build Back Better