What does a disaster resilient community look like?
The Characteristics of a Disaster Resilient Community
A group of agencies, including Practical Action, asked ourselves when we were discussing how to effectively monitor and evaluate our DFID funded disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects. As a result of this debate we commissioned John Twigg and a team of academics to design a resource tool to support us in this work.
The outcome has been the desk-based development of The Characteristics of a Disaster Resilient Community, a guidance note for government and civil society organizations working on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) initiatives at community level in partnership with vulnerable communities. It shows what a 'disaster-resilient community' might consist of, by setting out the many different elements of resilience. It also provides some ideas about how to progress towards resilience.
Based on literature from all over the world (including Spanish), the characteristics are multi hazard and subsequently highly comprehensive to cover different village settings and scenarios. The organisation of the characteristics is in synergy with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is especially relevant for those who are keen advocates to ensure that the HFA targets the most vulnerable at the community level.
This is the second edition of the Characteristics. It is based on desk research, discussions with experts and feedback from an extended period of field testing of the pilot edition by a number of agencies, and now contains more explanation of how it can be used, along with illustrative case studies.
The characteristics of a disaster resilent community
A guidance note for government and civil society organisations working on disaster risk reduction initiatives at community level
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Making Cities Resilient
Making Cities Resilient is part of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2010-2011. It is intended that the campaign will address issues of local governance and urban risk, building on previous campaigns by the UN group International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) for safer schools and hospitals as well as sustainable urbanisation principles.
The Nepal element of the DRR project has been included in the process of participation in this campaign for Chitwan and Nawalparasi districts. This participation will include activities implemented in Practical Actions partnership through DRR projects in the district.
For more information on the campaign please visit 'Making Cities Resilient' Campaign and search the alphabetical listing for Chitwan and Nawalparasi.
Towards Resilient Cities June 2010
A new booklet on engaging the urban poor from Practical Action South Asia, with case studies from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.