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The Role of Corporate Private Sector in Disaster Response: A Case Study of Post Java Earthquake in 2006 in Yogyakarta

This thesis discusses the disaster response made by three corporate private sector during the relief phase of Java Earthquake in 2006, focusing on Yogyakarta Province. The involvement of the private sector is analysed using Complexity Theory, looking at the motive of the private sector to provide the assistance, the benefits that they gain from their response, the benefits for the recipient communities, the challenges and lessons learned for better response in the future.

The role of the corporate private sector was viewed from their own perceptions and the perceptions of other stakeholders: the local government, the civil society organisations and the recipient communities. The effectiveness of corporate private sector assistance in the case study depended on many factors. The more organised the recipient communities, the more effective the assistance would be. Government should coordinate to mitigate the non-altruistic motives of the private sector. The civil society organisations can strengthen community capacity to increase their self-organisation capacity and to continuously advocate the government to reinforce the application of the minimum standards in humanitarian response.
Widya Setiabudi 2011

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