The Role of Building Materials and Services Banks in post disaster reconstruction and livelihood rehabilitation

A Building Materials Services Bank provides the dual advantage of rapid response to reconstruction needs after a major disaster such as the Tsunami in Coastal South India and continuity in habitat and infrastructure improvement over the long term through a sustainable community managed habitat development process. In addition, it generates local employment and enhances local capacities to manage the supply and delivery of contextually relevant, safe habitat solutions. This concept has worked very well in Gujarat and Orissa.