disaster response

Shocks and Politics: The Political Economy of Natural Disasters in Africa

CCAPS researchers Jennifer Bussell and Adam Colligan present their research on the political economy of natural disasteres in Africa at the International Studies Association Conference in San Francisco, California on April 3-6, 2013. Drawing on a new case material from ten countries, the researchers evaluate the role of perceived risk, economic conditions, electoral politics, political development, and moral hazard in defining the ways in which politicians allocate, or fail to allocate, resources in light of anticipated natural shocks.

Shocks and Politics

Jennifer Bussell presents CCAPS research on the political economy of natural disasters in Africa at the UN-WIDER Climate Change and Development Policy Conference in Helsinki, Finland on September 28, 2012.

Institutional Capacity for Natural Disasters: Case Studies in Africa

Students in Dr. Jennifer Bussell's Policy Research Project course at the LBJ School of Public Affairs discuss their year-long assessment of the capacity of select African countries to prepare for and respond to natural shocks "“ especially those caused by climate change. Students travelled to select African countries "“ including Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe "“ to conduct field research and interviews in order to evaluate the capacity of African governments to respond effectively to crisis situations.