COmmunity-BAsed COmprehensive REcovery

COBACORE is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission involving Dutch, UK, German, Irish, Spanish and Slovakian partners. COBACORE seeks to close the collaboration gaps between stakeholders involved in post-crisis recovery. COBACORE also aims to improve the matching of needs with capacities, through building upon the community as an important source of information and capabilities. The COBACORE suite of tools, which are designed to complement existing practices and tools, will support common needs assessments efforts, damage recovery needs, economic needs, health and social needs, and other critical humanitarian needs. The COBACORE assets will stimulate community-wide involvement in information gathering, sense-making, and needs assessment practices.

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Current Challenges
COBACORE seeks to address the complex and increasing challenges facing needs assessment and recovery planning today.

Disaster recovery refers to the process of returning a damaged society to a stable situation in which it can regain its livelihood, typically including reconstruction of damaged physical and infrastructural objects, and rehabilitation of social and governmental structures. Due to climate change, economic trends, political shifts and societal trends, the number of disasters per year are steadily increasing. For instance, the years 2005-2010 marked a 318% increase in climate-related disasters on the years 1985-1990. These factors mean increasing pressure on response and recovery, forcing these processes to become more efficient.

However, numerous challenges face the disaster recovery effort. Most of these centre on the so-called collaboration gap: a disparity between the actual and the optimal collaboration between mission-critical parties. Examples of issues leading to a collaboration gap are: poor communication; ineffective needs assessments; inefficiencies in need and capacity matching; ill-suited technologies; different views on the situation; lack of mutual understanding; incompatible work practices; disconnects between relief organisations and local communities; lack of community awareness and involvement and short-sighted decisions on funding and courses of action.

To counter these collaboration gaps and increase the efficiency of disaster recovery, COBACORE will develop methods for community-wide collaboration building encompassing affected communities, local companies, regional and national organisations, locally deployed relief organisations, supporting volunteer and technical communities and other groups contributing to the relief effort.

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Who is involved?
Meet the COBACORE Team
COBACORE is a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission involving the following Dutch, UK, German, Irish, Spanish and Slovakian partners. Click on each logo to learn more about each partner.
Project Structure
Work Package Overview
The following are the various interlinked work packages that underpin the COBACORE project.
Aims and Objectives
COBACORE’s primary ambition is simple: to close collaboration gaps between communities that play a role during recovery, and make it easier to match needs with capacities.

Our tools will help affected communities to voice their needs and find communities that can help. They will help to share information, build collaborations and let societies regain their livelihood sooner. This ambition will be delivered through the COBACORE platform. The COBACORE platform is a set of interconnected mechanisms that maintain three information models: the community model, the context model, and the needs model.

The community model will contain information about the affected community.

The context model will contain information about the state of the environment before the disaster, as it is, and how it is projected to be.

The needs model will represent the identified needs in a locality, their relationships, and the recovery actions necessary/underway to address them.

The models will also be available in combination, in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the participating communities, the target environment and progression of the recovery process.This integrated and interactive platform thereby provides a collaborative environment where a holistic picture of the post-crisis situation can be generated. The COBACORE platform will provide the solution to the challenges represented by the dynamic nature of our natural and physical environment, together with the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters and emergencies. Importantly, civilians, private and public organisations will be specifically considered within COBACORE’s community-based approach. Through these tools and approaches, COBACORE represents a vision of how next-generation of disaster recovery will be conducted.

Further information?
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As part of COBACORE, this website has been created to maximise awareness of the project and of the contribution that project findings can make to the disaster recovery. We are also very interested in receiving information on relevant projects you might be working on, or other topical issues in the disaster recovery sphere. Please do send any information which you feel could be of interest to the COBACORE consortium, by getting in touch. We will then disseminate the material/information among the COBACORE consortium and would be delighted to explore collaboration opportunities where appropriate. Use our contact form below the map.

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The COBACORE Coordination Team
can be contacted via the following methods:

Twitter: @COBACORE
Email: info@cobacore.eu
Website: www.cobacore.eu
VDE: www.cobacore.eu/vde