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Oxfam’s programme in Takeo province linked emergency response with mid- and long-term development as a way of enhancing the sustainability of livelihoods improvements from other development projects. It built up community-based disaster preparedness structures and aimed to empower women by creating women’s leadership roles in the community. In addition, the programme increased the ability of the community to better cope with disasters through strengthening the structure of houses to provide protection from wind and floods, identifying and constructing safe areas, and raising house foundations.

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