The ‘Local HFA: Local Government Self-Assessment Tool’ was developed by UNISDR and its partners to assist local governments in assessing their progress in building resilience to disaster. It is part of a series of tools for measuring the progress of nations and communities towards meeting the objectives of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
The Local HFA was an important element of UNISDR’s work with local governments. In 2010, UNISDR and its partner organizations launched the global campaign Making Cities Resilient – "My City is Getting Ready!" The objectives of the campaign are to increase understanding and encourage commitment by local and national governments to make disaster risk reduction and resilience a policy priority and to bring the global Hyogo Framework closer to local needs.
The multi-stakeholder self-assessment allowed local governments to:
- Map and understand existing gaps and challenges in disaster risk reduction in their locality.
- Enhance understanding among stakeholders in the local community on disaster risk reduction.
- Set a baseline and develop a status report on their progress in fulfilling the Ten Essentials for making cities disaster resilient, in the context of the Making Cities Resilient campaign.
- Benefit from interactions with their national government in cases where the national government has undergone a similar review using the National HFA Monitor.