The main goal of this study was to assess the effectiveness of disaster management framework in Zanzibar, particularly in the West District. The study was conducted among members of the committees for disaster management that are the District and Shehia Committees. Their selection was done using both random and purposive sampling procedures, especially through snowball sampling. The study included both qualitative and quantitative data, which were obtained through face-to-face interview, questionnaires, and direct observation methods. In relation to the objectives of this study, the research findings indicate that, women have been much encouraged to participate in the issues related to disaster management and have shown positive response. Their participation in the interviews and questionnaires filled in was higher than that of men. There were total of 100 respondents divided into two groups, the group of 25 respondents from the District Disaster Management Committee and 75 respondents from members who form Shehia Disaster Management Committees from five selected Shehias. These respondents in different times were involved in both interviews and questionnaires in the data collection process. It is recommended to establish early warning centers in all Districts in Zanzibar as well as equipping them with all necessary devices. The current Disaster Management Structures need to be re-structured to improve efficiency during the time of preparedness, response and recovery
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