Scaling up DRR in Humanitarian Action


The world is experiencing an unprecedented moment of fragility and uncertainty. Climate-fuelled disasters are more frequent and intense. According to the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2022, a record 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022 – a significant increase from 235 million people a year ago, which was already the highest figure in decades. 

The impact of disasters on vulnerable populations threatens to increase humanitarian needs and to reverse progress towards achieving the SDGs. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction highlights the “link between relief, rehabilitation and development, [to] use opportunities during the recovery phase to develop capacities that reduce disaster risk in the short, medium and long term”. Reducing risks and applying a preventive approach is essential to ensuring that humanitarian interventions bring the relief they were intended to provide. Scaling up DRR in humanitarian contexts will also help ensure that no one is left behind. Marginalization and social inequalities reinforce vulnerable populations’ exposure to disasters. Increased resilience will ultimately contribute to the wider goal of eradicating global poverty and exclusion. 

The following collection gathers essential readings to better understand challenges and good practices related to DRR in humanitarian contexts and humanitarian-development-peace collaboration, including the Checklist on “Scaling up DRR in Humanitarian Action”


Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed (right), SRSG for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori (center) and UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia Valérie Julliand (left) in Bali on the occasion of the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
‘We don’t have 10 years, 20 years, to get this more relevant.’
The New Humanitarian
G7 foreign minister, GermanynMay 2022
Foreign Ministers from G7 countries released a joint statement on humanitarian assistance, calling for governments to scale up anticipatory action, and increase financial support for early humanitarian action ahead of predicted hazards.
United Kingdom - government
Irene Amuron Joanna Smith
​​Anticipatory action plans include a trigger mechanism, developed according to an impact-based forecasting approach, that translates the expected hazard event and its potential impacts into technical and actionable interventions.
Urban early actin case study
Outlines lessons from a simulation of relocating urban microenterprises in advance of floods, highlighting critical challenges in the design and execution of urban early actions.
Anticipation Hub
Markus Enenkel Andrew Kruczkiewicz
A new professional profile is needed: climate science translators who specialize in the brokering, translation and tailoring of climate science data to humanitarian and development decision makers – especially in the context of anticipatory action.
This paper summarises some of the evidence and learning from an evaluation of the response to an anticipated heatwave in Sibi (Pakistan)
Start Network