Our experience - disaster risk reduction

We help identify and implement practical, sustainable technologies that people can use to reduce the impact of disasters. We research, develop and adapt technologies, making sure that success in one country can form a template for success in another. Consequently, our projects make an impact far beyond the communities that initially benefit.

Our experience

Building Back Better

After a disaster, reconstruction often fails to adequately support community and economic development - it deals better with the needs of elites than of the marginalised poor. Now the focus on reco...

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Early warning systems

Early Warning Systems (EWS) The term 'early warning' is used in many fields to describe the provision of information on an emerging dangerous circustmance where that information can enable action in advance to reduce the risks involved. Early warning systems exist for natural geoph...

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EMMA - Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis

The EMMA toolkit is a guidance manual for humanitarian staff in sudden-onset emergencies. It aims to improve emergency responses by encouraging and assisting relief agencies to better understand, support and make use of local market-systems in disaster zones.

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From Vulnerability to Resilience (V2R) resources

Resources on the V2R Framework and how it can be used in practice. From Vulnerability to Resilience - V2R - is a framework for analysis and action to reduce vulnerability and strengthen the resilience of individuals, households and communities.

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Mainstreaming livelihood-centred approaches to disaster management

The 'Mainstreaming livelihood-centred approaches to disaster management' (LCDRR) was a five year project, funded by the Conflict and Humanitarian Fund (CHF) of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by Practical Action's country offices in Peru, Zimb...

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Our approach: 'From Vulnerability to Resilience' (V2R)

From vulnerability to resilience, or V2R, is a framework for analysis and action to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience of individuals, household and communities.

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What does a disaster resilient community look like?

This guidance note for government and civil society organisations 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.

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Economic cost of Landslide in Sindhupalchowk of Nepal (English, PDF, 1Mb)
This study examines the socio-economic effects of landslides to the particular locality. Landslide has more broader and indirect impacts, which are difficult to calculate and sometimes almost impossible. Therefore, the aim of this study is to bring such broader impacts in discussion and pave the way for the further research work. Understanding the socio-economic costs of landslides helps the governmental officials, policy makers, emergency managers to make more informed decisions on how to provide disaster assistance and relief immediately after landslides, how to allocate money for landslide prevention in future, how to do repair and maintenance work and to estimate the cost and benefit of resettlement program for the landslides victims.

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