Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Emergency and Disaster Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Randall Cuthbert


Three case studies from the developing parts of the world were investigated in an attempt to understand how each country’s capacity to respond to disaster is linked to its social, economic and political factors. Further, the examination of terrorism, spread of pandemics and global warming revealed that globalization has resulted into an interconnectedness that leads to spillover effects of disasters from one country to another, pointing to a need for the world to cooperate in international emergency management. Currently, the UN is the most suitable international body that can advance crises’ management in the world as a human right for all nations. It has the capacity to design and codify invaluable principles for responding to international disasters by offering voluntary membership to countries that meet predetermined conditions of participation for disaster relief programs. Obviously, the developing countries would benefit meaningfully from such operations if a way to even out wealth disparities between the rich and the poor nations was found, and a system for incorporating automatic request for international assistance once their national response plans became overloaded was devised. However, the structure and funding of these systems were issues that this study recommended for further research.



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