Speaking with one language for humanitarian assistance: uniting the different voices during disaster relief operations

Hingst, Ray (2015) Speaking with one language for humanitarian assistance: uniting the different voices during disaster relief operations. In: Language, Culture and Technology in a Connected World Symposium (sLCT 2015), 01 June 2015, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

Cyclone Pam, a category five storm struck with devastating effect on Vanuatu on Friday 13 March 2015. The international Humanitarian Community, (HC), was quick to respond, as were the military forces of France. New Zealand, Australia and other Pacific nations, to the Government of Vanuatu’s (GOVU) call for Humanitarian Assistance, (HA), with Disaster Relief, (DR).

Uniting the efforts of International Organisations, (IOs), Non-Government Organisations, (NGOs), and various militaries with agencies of the GOVU under the auspices of a United Nations, (UN), led operation required that specific attention was required to bridging and uniting the cultural and sub-cultural differences embodied in this mix of organisations into a coherent and effective ‘language’ for the benefit of the people of Vanuatu.

This paper presents on side of a story which unfolded in response to a significant natural disaster in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu; constructing order from chaos in more ways than one.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Individual contributions © 2015 Their authors. Presentation based on participant observation obtained during Disaster Relief operations following Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 05:19
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 04:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: humanitarian assistance; disaster relief; military disaster relief operations; Cyclone Pam; Vanuatu; humanitarian space
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169905 Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150799 Transportation and Freight Services not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810106 Logistics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27450

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