Housing & Hazards And The Workshop Process: Realising Potential

The Housing & Hazards Group (H&H) piloted a series of Building for Safety workshops during its first field study in 1997 (Carter, 1997). The study was connected in Sundurban Union, Dinajpur District, in cooperation with Chetonar Dak, a small village-based non-governmental organisation. The workshops, which are described in another paper in this volune (Hodgson & Carter, 1999), aimed to reduce poor people's vulnerability to disaster by motivating them to improve the hazard-resistance of their homes. This paper presents an assessment of the impacts of that first study and indicates possible ways ahead for the workshop process.