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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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Towards effective early warning systems: Impact and lessons from Nepal and Peru

Towards effective early warning systems: Impact and lessons from Nepal and Peru. A report with findings from Practical Action’s commissioned assessment to better understand the impact of our people-centred early warning system (EWS) programming in Nepal and Peru. The evidence gained is intended to inform and shape future policy and practice of EWS programming globally.

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Pathways toward change: A model for growth Insights from the Mexican Red Cross’ Flood Resilience Program

This case study explores the model used by the Mexican Red Cross to set up their Alliance program for long-term operation, scalability, and impact. The details of the program’s growth and expansion are particular to the Mexican Red Cross’ experience, which are the result of in-depth collaboration with communities, socio-cultural dynamics, Red Cross working methods,

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Un modelo de crecimiento: las vías hacia el cambio Experiencias del Proyecto de Resiliencia ante Inundaciones de la Cruz Roja Mexicana

Este caso de estudio explora el modelo utilizado por la Cruz Roja Mexicana para la implementación, escalamiento e impacto del proyecto a largo plazo dentro de la Alianza. Los detalles del crecimiento y la expansión son particulares y resultado de una profunda colaboración con las comunidades, del entendimiento de las dinámicas socioculturales, del desarrollo de

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A Concept for Creating Mobile Games for Enhanced Disaster Preparedness in Cooperation with Local Communities

This paper shows how educational games for enhanced disaster preparedness can be created in cooperation / collaboration with local communities. The specific case presented discusses how students from the local university (here: La Plata National University in La Plata, Argentina) created such games as part of a university programming course. The games were subsequently used

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Translating Warnings into Action – How we can Improve Early Warning Systems to Protect Communities

Early warnings for hazards are essential for living safely and minimizing economic losses.  For many hazards, it is possible to give advance notice and accurate information to help communities prepare and respond.  However, issuance of the warning itself is not enough for a warning system to be effective, as the effectiveness of warnings is determined

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What’s the name of our brigade? Shaping the identity of community brigades

Community Brigades are organized groups of people dedicated to building resilience and strengthening local capacities in the face of flooding, as well as other emergencies and disasters. Establishing the identity of a brigade is key to formalizing the community group and increasing the sense of ownership and belonging of its members. This infographic shares the

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¿Cómo se llama nuestra brigada? Definiendo la identidad de las brigadas comunitarias

Las brigadas son grupos de personas organizadas con el objetivo de aumentar la resiliencia y fortalecer las capacidades locales frente a las inundaciones, así como otras emergencias y desastres. Establecer la identidad de una brigada es clave para formalizar el grupo comunitario y aumentar el sentimiento de apropiación y pertenencia de sus miembros. En esta

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Learning from the 2020 floods in Tabasco: Moving beyond grey infrastructure

In October and November of 2020, a series of cold fronts and two cyclones caused severe flooding in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz, Mexico. Tabasco also received significant rainfall in the month of November. Floods, landslides and the discharge of water from the Angel Albino Corzo “Peñitas” hydroelectric dam left the region under

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