Disaster risk reduction solutions
Disasters rob the poor of their meagre possessions, their homes and livestock and most importantly, their livelihoods. But droughts, floods and even earthquakes have impacted on people’s lives and livelihoods without being deemed a disaster - when those people were sufficiently prepared and had the capacity to cope and recover quickly.
Our approach to disaster risk reduction is based on research and operational experience gained over many years in South Asia, Africa and Peru. This has shown that secure and sustainable livelihoods not only lift communities out of poverty but also reduce their susceptibility to disasters.
Poor communities have been helped to undertake activities which increase their resilience to disasters while strengthening their livelihood strategies, using local knowledge, capacities and resourcefulness, coupled with innovative and appropriate technologies.