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How do you Build Back Better so no one is left behind? Lessons from Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean, post?Hurricane Irma

Collodi, Jason; Pelling, Mark; Fraser, Arabella; Borie, Maud; Di Vicenz, Simone


Jason Collodi

Mark Pelling

Arabella Fraser

Maud Borie

Simone Di Vicenz


The Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals call for action to build back better in ways that leave no one behind. At the same time, ensuring local voice is increasingly central to humanitarian action. These ambitions contrast with limited analysis on how local actors might be supported through response and recovery so that no one is left behind, nor how far recommendations are specific or generalisable across richer and poorer country contexts. Starting with lessons learnt from the experience of survivors and community organisations in post-disaster Sint Maarten, a high-income state-led response, these are contrasted with priorities derived from lower income, humanitarian-led responses. Resulting differences reflect the importance of economic resources as the basis for individual self-reliance and a fragmented civil society with limited ambitions for leadership in Sint Maarten. Strong cross-cultural alignment nevertheless allows for a globally relevant and yet contextually sensitive framework for survivor led response and reconstruction.


Collodi, J., Pelling, M., Fraser, A., Borie, M., & Di Vicenz, S. (2021). How do you Build Back Better so no one is left behind? Lessons from Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean, post?Hurricane Irma. Disasters, 45(1), 202-223.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 16, 2019
Publication Date 2021-01
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 17, 2021
Journal Disasters
Print ISSN 0361-3666
Electronic ISSN 1467-7717
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 1
Pages 202-223
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: , which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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