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Professor William Lincoln

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With the world becoming more susceptible to natural disasters on account of climate change, it is important to better see and understand the relationship between a country’s economic and political stability to its ability to provide resources and take care of their people and their institutions. This paper looks at 3 earthquake events in the 21st century that have had large disastrous impacts on the country’s infrastructure, economy, and livelihood of people. The events that occurred in Haiti in 2010, in Ecuador in 2016, and in Japan in 2011 have all had major negative impacts on the vastly different countries. Literature review has shown that countries in most need receive the most funding but consequently this reliance on aid leads to a country being unable to fully develop and self govern. With this project I first look at the context of each country in different areas including its economy and government. Then I look at what were the consequences of the earthquakes on the countries. After understanding who the major outside entities that come into play when providing aid are, I look at what sort of relief was provided and by who, either the country’s government or outside entities. Observing some major aid efforts in each scenario for four categories, I later analyze what the responses indicate. The findings reflect the literature review in real case scenarios but also I acknowledge that there are other factors that are not examined in this paper including the efficacy of the aid, other issues the country may be enduring, and the inability to be perfectly ready for the next disaster.

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