The final chapter outlines the experience and lessons learned from past global disaster relief operations. The evidence presented in this book clearly suggests that disaster relief actors either have not learned from the past experience or new knowledge is short-lived. As a result, no noticeable progress has been observed in the quality of disaster efforts administered in recent decades. After listing several important events that occurred in disaster relief arena to foster coordination and cooperation among many national and international actors involved in emergency relief efforts, this chapter focuses on problems and challenges confronted by past relief operations. Based on these challenges, recommendations are made to improve future disaster relief efforts. Finally, research gaps in disaster relief operations are identified and future research should pursue to fill these gaps.


Complexities Timely interventions Challenges and problems Unbiased relief distribution Local knowledge Public education and awareness Coordination and communication Research gaps Small island developing states (SIDS) 


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