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Papers/Reports | April 16, 2015

Extending Impact

Factors Influencing Households to Adopt Hazard-Resistant Construction Practices in Post-disaster Settings

CRS used the Designing for Behavior Change methodology to conduct a study on people’s perceptions of using CRS‑recommended hazard‑resistant construction practices. The study involved communities in five countries where CRS had implemented postdisaster reconstruction projects in the last six years: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Philippines and Madagascar.

The findings of this study present an uncommon perspective on what determines the choices people make during reconstruction and how more people might be encouraged to adopt hazard-resistant construction practices of their own accord. By sharing these findings and related recommendations, CRS aims to deepen understanding of what constrains, motivates and enables people to make such choices, and to inspire organizations working with communities at risk of disasters to explore new ways to approach resilience-building.


  • Key Terms and Abbreviations

  • Foreword

  • Executive Summary

  • Introduction

  • How the Study Was Conducted

  • Program Information

  • Program Areas

  • Structural Components of Hazard-Resistant Construction

  • Hazard-Resistant Construction Practices Recommended by CRS

  • Results

  • Conclusions and Recommendations