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Global Risk Assessment Framework

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The GRAF stands for the Global Risk Assessment Framework. It is an initiative that aims to answer questions about how to reduce the risk of disaster. It started as a network of decision-makers, finance professionals, social scientists and risk specialists who are all aiming to reduce risk. At its core is the awareness that reducing risk requires a much better understanding of the dynamic nature of risk and how the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of society can further amplify them. 

GRAF is designed to inform and focus action across sectors by decision makers at all levels. To date GRAF has engaged over 115 experts in risk, science, investment and policy-making and communication. They are combining their efforts to synchronize data, methods, models, insights, practical tools and incentives in open collaboration in order to enable real risk reduction in a complex world.


  • Three existing, and four new results-oriented Working Groups established and operational.
  • Five national pilot projects designed, developed and operational.
  • User-demand for GRAF increased – at least 5 national or local authorities requesting GRAF beyond the 5 national pilots.
  • Growth of the GRAF community across communities, governments as risk information providers and as users. The GRAF online collaboration platform design and development process initiated.
  • Business model and delivery mechanism for GRAF operationalization complete, with a view to an aspirational state for GRAF by 2030.
  • Resource mobilization strategy developed and implemented.
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Expert Group

The purpose of the renovation of the GRAF Expert Group is to strengthen the capacities of the Expert Group to provide guidance and direction in the operationalization of the GRAF. The initial term for members of the Expert Group is intended to be for approximately 2 years, although this is subject to change based on needs of the GRAF.

One of the principal tasks of the Expert Group is to validate and define the function of Working Groups in the interest of the successful operationalization of the GRAF. This Call for Expressions of Interest will therefore also allow experts to indicate an interest in participating in Working Groups.

The Expert Group is intended to be an efficient, management-focused body, and the criteria for selection will seek to ensure the balanced representation of:

  • technical, operational and strategic backgrounds of relevance to the operationalization of the GRAF;
  • geographic representation;
  • major stakeholder groups, including public and private sectors, civil society, national/local government, research funders;
  • gender.

Please consult the GRAF Terms of Reference for more information. Submit your nomination. The survey will close on Saturday 14 March 2020 at 17:00 Central European Time. Candidates will be informed by April 2020.


The key functions of the Secretariat in the period 2020-2021 include:

  • Coordination of and support to the GRAF Expert Group.
  • Support to the establishment, onboarding, development and support to the GRAF Expert Group and GRAF Working Groups.
  • Country-level support to design and development of National Pilots.
  • IT management, including:
    • Support to GRAF Working Group workspaces on PreventionWeb 
    • GRAF website management (including evidence of ongoing GRAF activity and strategic direction, as well as options for engaging, participating, connecting and joining the GRAF)
  • Internal and external communications
  • Coordinate resource mobilization efforts with GRAF collaborators

Working Groups

Working Groups build on the work of the Expert Group and in line with GRAF principles, draw in targeted knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to respective areas of work. The four foundational Working Groups were established by the Expert Group in the design and set up of the framework in 2018-2019 (Phase I of the GRAF Theory of Change):

Additional Working Groups to be established and operationalized in building the framework in the period 2019-2023 (Phase II of the GRAF Theory of Change):

  • Vulnerability and Exposure
  • Understanding Risk Trends
  • Measuring the Goal and Outcome of the Sendai Framework
  • GRAF Collaboration Platform

As needs and gaps are identified, additional Working Groups may be proposed for consideration by the Expert Group.

GRAF Pilots

During 2020-2021, GRAF operationalization will include the deployment of GRAF Pilots in 5 countries. GRAF Pilots will support countries by:

  • Reviewing national and local data to understand and represent the true topography of risk.
  • Developing two risk profiles based on local and national sources of data in conjunction with national priorities.
  • Linking decisions about how to reduce risk to supportive strategic, regulatory and financial structures.

Following GRAF engagement, national stakeholders will be able to define priorities across scale and initiate plans and initiatives based on an enhanced understanding of risk information. 




Marc Gordon
Head, Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Unit
UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Geneva, Switzerland
T: +41 22 917 28 08 | M: +41 79 44 44 812 | Skype:

Adam Fysh
Programme Management Officer – Global Risk Analysis and Reporting Unit
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Rue de Varembé 09-11, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland
t: +41 2291 78863 | m: +41 76 691 1028 | skype: adam.fysh