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Internationalising Institutional and Professional Practices: Community Partnership Models of Change in Post-Tsunami Sri Lanka

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster attracted international goodwill and willingness to fund the redevelopment of affected communities. Most attention focused on the immediate aftermath. Little thought went into long-term rebuilding of lives and livelihoods, creating sustainable communities or fully engaging local people in decisions taken. The Durham University Project Sri Lanka Institutional Model (Durham Model) and International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) Rebuilding Peoples' Lives After Disasters Network associated with social work's community-based empowerment model (IASSW Model) aimed to counteract these weaknesses by providing ground-breaking work in the processes of internationalization in the context of globalisation and a humanitarian impulse to help from a social justice value base.

In examining these two models, this research follows an interpretive ethnographic approach that uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods including mapping disaster interventions; participant observations; and narrative interviews. The findings will attract considerable interest, not least because the Durham Model has a proven track record of success as evidenced by HEFCE and British Council recognition, and because the UN and IASSW are interested in the anticipated transferable skills, paradigm shifts in professional practice and curricula developments that are expected to arise from the findings.