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Humanitarian response for development in Fiji: lessons from Tropical Cyclone Winston

Keren Winterford, Anna Gero

International Institute for Environment and Development



Linking humanitarian response and development is a key agenda driven by multiple factors across both humanitarian and development landscapes. It is also a topical issue in Fiji, a South Pacific island nation which is exposed to natural hazards, particularly tropical cyclones. This research aims to learn from Fiji’s experience of Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016. The research offers lessons for sub-national and national governments of Fiji, governments and donors in the Pacific region, and also beyond, on how humanitarian response (response and early recovery) has contributed – and can be strengthened to further contribute – to development goals in urban contexts.


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