Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management

Advancing disaster risk communications

This publication posits that effective communication of disaster threats to decision makers and at-risk communities is a growing challenge in a people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. Traditional communication approaches tend to involve either top-down risk management practices or bottom-up community health and education practices. However, the strategic intent of communications – whether that be […]

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Flood Resilience Alliance: Philippines Country Briefing

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, commonly experiencing floods, droughts, and typhoons. According to the latest assessment of the World Risk Index (2022), the Philippines is the country with the highest disaster risk in the world. The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is a multi-sectoral partnership focusing on finding practical

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Never stop learning: ten years of the Flood Resilience Alliance in Mexico

At the heart of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s work is the knowledge that there are always opportunities to adapt and improve. In the second of our series marking ten years of the Alliance’s resilience action, the Mexican Red Cross team reflects on the benefits this approach has had in Mexico. The Mexican Red Cross

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Report: The Future of Volunteers in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response

Climate change, rural to urban migration, an aging population, municipal task shifting, and changes in the way people volunteer – many forces will affect the risk landscape local disaster preparedness and emergency response actors will have to confront in the decades to come. What do we in the Red Cross have to be aware of

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‘Emergent advocacy’ in long-term programming

After years of community-based work coupled with iterative sharing with local, regional, and national government actors, the Mexican Red Cross’ community brigades approach has been formally recognized by organizations and government at all levels. This achievement represents an important shift in how local flood risk management is approached. This case study shows how long-term, consistent

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La “incidencia emergente” en la programación a largo plazo

Tras años de trabajo basado en la comunidad, junto con un intercambio iterativo con actores gubernamentales locales, regionales y nacionales, el enfoque de las brigadas comunitarias de la Cruz Roja Mexicana ha sido reconocido formalmente por organizaciones y gobiernos a todos los niveles. Los logros representan un cambio importante en la forma de abordar la

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Putting communities in the driver seat: Good practices from the Philippines

In the spirit of the localization agenda, the flood resilience project of the Philippine Red Cross accompanies, enables, and connects communities to become more resilient to floods and other hazards. We facilitated a participatory whole-of-community process to design evidence-based and risk-informed community resilience building interventions. In this process, community members could voice their needs and

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Capacity Building for Disaster Risk Management

Capacity (or the lack of it) is central to reducing disaster risk and therefore critical to meeting development objectives. In this context, capacity building for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is a crucial process that aims to enhance the competencies and skills of individuals, organizations, and communities to effectively manage and reduce disaster risks. The Togo

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Post project impact assessment of DRR interventions in Katakwi, Uganda

From 2010 – 2011 the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), with support from the American Red Cross (ARC), implemented a disaster risk reduction project (DRR) in the Teso sub-region of Eastern  Uganda. Known informally as the “Katakwi DRR Project”, this project was implemented in six parishes across two sub-counties. The goal of this project was to help

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