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On 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) struck the Philippines. Around 12 million people were affected, with 4 million displaced.

The Australian Government committed A$41 million in emergency relief to support affected populations. A small, but important, part of the Australian Government’s emergency relief and recovery response was the deployment of a team of Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID).

The volunteer team included three engineers, an architect, an urban planner, a construction manager and a communications specialist.

Research released by Scope Global on World Humanitarian Day 2016 examines the impact of this volunteer team. The research recognises team volunteering as an innovative and effective approach to addressing complex development and humanitarian challenges.

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Build Back Better - Recovery assistance after Typhoon Haiyan

A team of Australian volunteers was deployed to the Philippines in the wake of Cyclone Yolanda, as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian government initiative.

A World Humanitarian Day message from DFAT’s Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie Isbister

The Operations Manual

Using the Build Back Better principals

Collaboration with AVID

Working with the Australian volunteers

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After the Storm: Two Years On

After the Storm: Two Years On is a commemorative book dedicated to victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. It was developed by Australian volunteer Lisa Gardner and her counterpart Helen Naddeo, from the Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The two women worked together throughout Lisa’s AVID assignment to improve public awareness regarding Typhoon Haiyan rehabilitation and reconstruction. The book brings together photographs and stories of survival and recovery.

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Build Back Better Manual

One of the main achievements of the volunteer team working to support reconstruction and rehabilitation post Typhoon Haiyan was the development of the Build Back Better Operations Manual.

Module 1 Module 2
Module 3 Module 4

After the Storm: Two Years On and the Build Back Better Operations Manual are reproduced with the permission of the Republic of the Philippines Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative.

This website has been developed by Scope Global, a delivery partner for the AVID program.

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