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date: 27 February 2021

Post-Disaster Recovery Services in Taiwanlocked

  • Wan-I LinWan-I LinWan-I Lin, Ph.D., is a professor of Social Work at National Taiwan University. He received Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. His research interests in social welfare history, comparative social policy, social work theories and practice. He was president of Taiwan Association of Social Workers (TASW), Taiwan Association of Gerontology (TAG), and is president of Taiwan Association of Schools of Social Work (TASSW). Since 2004, He has served as editor-in-chief of Taiwanese Social Work. He publishes widely on social work, social welfare, and welfare politics in Chinese and English.


The 921 Earthquake in 1999 and Typhoon Morakot in 2009 both brought catastrophic damage to Taiwan. In the aftermath of these two disasters many nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and social workers collaborated with central and local governments to provide post-disaster relief and reconstruction services. Among these, the most important initiative was the launching of a system for providing post-disaster human services, including counseling, education, employment, social welfare, and health care.

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