UNDP and partners spearhead Global Partnership to advance Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness in at-risk countries

14 Jan 2014

imageUNISDR's Ms Margareta Wahlström and Serbia's Minister of Interior Mr. Ivica Dacic give statements about the importance of prevention in disaster risk reduction efforts

UNDP partners with OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, WHO, IFRC and GFDRR to provide a coordinated and comprehensive support to Governments to build and implement national frameworks for developing capacities to reduce the risk from and prepare for disasters. This partnership is articulated through a global programme, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI).

Global trends in disaster and climate risks underscore the need for enhanced solutions and capacities for risk reduction and preparedness for disaster response. Established in 2007, CADRI was set up as one of the many mechanisms aimed at responding to the need for a coordinated and coherent UN-wide effort to support Governments develop their capacities to prevent, manage and recover from the impacts of disasters.

UNDP and partners crowd in resources, experience and expertise to deliver customized capacity development services in disaster risk reduction, including preparedness for emergency response, to countries at risk.

CADRI helps UN and non-UN actors at national and at regional levels to leverage existing partnerships across the development and humanitarian spectrum aiming at achieving resilient development results.

UNDP and partners set out to achieve this objective by facilitating system coherence on capacity development for disaster risk reduction at country level in selected countries and by providing access to tools, methodologies and expertise for delivering capacity development services.

Up to present, UNDP and partners jointly supported 17 countries to undertake National Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Assessments: Armenia, Serbia, Kosovo (as per UN resolution 1244), Montenegro, Albania, FYR of Macedonia, Turkey, Ghana, Mali, The Gambia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burundi. In 2012 alone, institutional disaster risk reduction capacity assessments were completed for three African Regional Communities (ECOWAS; ECCAS; SADC) with CADRI support.

Out of these, 6 countries have National Plans of Action for Capacity Development in Disaster Risk Reduction established with CADRI support which are undergoing implementation (Ghana, Kosovo, The Gambia, Nigeria, Madagascar and Burundi), while others have developed or are in the process of developing their own National Plans.

At global and regional levels, UNDP and partners deliver training and advisory services to UN and non-UN stakeholders to enable them to better support their respective country programmes. From 2007 to 2012, approximately 40 UNCTs have received customized training which resulted in an improved understanding of the importance of disaster reduction and how it is mainstreamed when implementing development plans and programmes, including UNDAF activities. Similarly, more than 70 training workshops were organized by UNDP and partners at national, regional and global levels from 2009 to 2012, targeting UN Country Team staff and national stakeholders.

Acknowledging the importance of knowledge in capacity development, UNDP and partners are developing tools, guidelines, methodologies, learning and training products, and providing timely access to these products for partners and beneficiaries through existing online platforms. To date, CADRI spearheaded the design and operationalization of the “Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Assessment Tool” and developed 20 thematic training and learning packages in collaboration with partners.