Burundi established a National Platform for DRR in April 2007 and developed a National Strategy for DRR in June 2007. Before these important milestones, some initiatives had already been underway at community level. An example is the work of a youth NGO known as “Youth Strategy for Disaster Reduction” (YSDR) which, despite the post-war context, has made some efforts in the last two years. In September 2005, YSDR initiated a project called “Youth Awareness of Disaster Reduction” with funding from ProVention Consortium. Under the project, meetings within grassroots communities were held in two provinces to raise people’s awareness of the risks around them. Risk assessment and identification and developing early warning systems were the main activities; which instilled a sense of local ownership and leadership of disaster reduction activities among the targeted communities. The project also called for the development of a national policy for disaster risk “awareness” and suggested the establishment of a national platform for monitoring the implementation of the desired policy.
For more information, please contact: Cyprien Ntahomvukiye (bysrdr[at]yahoo.fr)
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