"I Might Talk Slow but I Think Fast": Changing Contexts and Lessons Learned from Community-Based Organizations Undergoing Long-Term Recovery on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Smith, Anna R.
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2016]
This study sought to understand the role that community-based organizations (CBOs) play in long-term recovery by examining the ways in which CBOs on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (MSGC) transitioned into long-term recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Using thematic coding of 36 in-depth interviews conducted in both 2007/8 and 2013/14 with 21 CBO leaders from 15 different CBOs, this study found that CBOs must navigate a complex and often challenging political and economic context complicated by national policies and attitudes and local historical patterns. Despite these challenges, CBOs participated in LTR by acting as funding conduits, intermediary communitygovernment actors, cross-sector collaborators, advocates, grassroots organizers, researchers, and government watchdogs. The most successful CBOs were those that developed CBO and cross-sector collaborations, diversified their funding, and added an advocacy component to their mission. The study concludes with a discussion of its implications for long-term disaster recovery research and policy.
M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
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