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Africa-Asia drought risk management peer assistance network

Recognizing the increasing threats of extreme climatic events worldwide, the UNDP/DDC has launched the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network (AADP), with financial support from the Government of Japan. This Network was formulated as part of the three-year Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management (DRM) Peer Assistance Project (2010-2013). The objective of the project is to mitigate the risks of drought and improve human livelihoods in Africa and Asia by creating an enabling environment for inter-regional knowledge sharing among drought-prone countries and facilitating the up-scaling of proven DRM best practices in the two regions. A rich collection of knowledge-based resources already exists in Asia for DRM and resilience building, both at policy and practice levels, many of which are deemed applicable in the African context, and vice versa. Yet much of this potential remains unrealized, in part due to lack of formalized institutional mechanisms to promote south-south cooperation and exchange across the regions. In order to help link knowledge producers and users beyond regional boundaries, AADP aims to establish a robust, yet flexible, inter-regional network for DRM, building on the pool of experiences and expertise of the ongoing African Drought Risk and Development Network (ADDN) initiative. The network will work closely with ongoing and upcoming UNDP/non-UNDP programmes and projects and provide them with a variety of peer learning and capacity development support, based on their specific thematic priorities, operational gaps and capacity needs.

Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI)

CADRI was created in 2007 as a joint programme of the United Nations Development Programme´s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP/BCPR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), and the United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR). In 2005, 168 countries drafted and approved the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005 -2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters at the World Conference for Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan. The HFA lays out a detailed ten-year strategy to integrate disaster risk reduction as an essential component of national development policies and programmes, and presents a challenge to all stakeholders to focus on developing capacity for disaster risk reduction. Recognizing that capacity development is a cross-cutting activity for disaster risk reduction, CADRI's creation is designed to support this integration. CADRI relates to all five priorities of the HFA. CADRI was formally launched by the three organizations at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva in 2007. Cadri operates as a support mechanism to the broader ISDR system, including national actors, regional organizations and global thematic platforms and networks. It's goal is to advance the generation of knowledge and related experience pertinent to developing sustainable capacity for disaster risk reduction, defining capacity development as: "the process whereby people, organizations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity over time" (OECD DAC 2005).


CapHaz-Net is a broad extended network on social capacity building for natural hazards. It is composed of scholars, decision-makers, and practitioners from across Europe, such as NGOs, river basin management officers, planners, representatives of the insurance industry and so on.

  • Language: English
  • How to participate: There were many different ways to get involved in CapHaz-Net:
    • Registering on our website in order to receive the latest information of CapHaz-Net including policies briefs and other documents.
    • Sending us insights of practitioners' and researchers' work they considered as relevant or provide good (or poor) practices in the field of natural hazards.
    • Inviting a number of experts, stakeholders etc. for each Thematic Meeting and the Regional Hazard Workshops.

    For more information, please contact: Dr. Christian Kuhlicke, Dr. Annett Steinführer* & Jochen Luther, Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig, GERMANY, E-Mail: caphaz-net@ufz.de

  • Website: http://caphaz-net.org/login_form

Chamber of City and Regional Planners of Turkey

A formal professional organization with almost 5000 members, with 10 regional branches and 28 representative units in Turkey; member of European Association of chambers of professional planners. The association participated in the 2010 International Day for Disaster Reduction by holding a press conference on DRR and promoting DRR to its members.
  • Language: English
  • Members: 5000
  • How to participate: For more information please contact Umit Ozcan at: drumitozcan@gmail.com

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network is managed by an alliance of organisations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), and including Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, INTRAC, LEAD International, the Overseas Development Institute, and SouthSouthNorth supporting 'climate compatible development'. The team brings together a wide range of experience across the fields of climate change and development, research, policy development, knowledge management, networking and capacity-building, as well as substantial expertise in the management of global initiatives. CDKN can provide technical assistance and research, supporting knowledge sharing and partnership development in Africa, the Americas and Asia. The £50 million Climate and Development Knowledge Network, funded over five years by DFID, will link 60 developing countries with leading climate and development experts, allowing them to commission and share knowledge on how best to tackle the effects of climate change.

Making Cities Resilient: World disaster reduction campaign 2010-2015

Help shape the 2010-2015 world disaster reduction campaign: Building resilient cities. Is your city ready?
  • Language: English
  • Members: 901
  • How to participate: Sign up to participate in the campaign and join the discussion. Nominate a role model city or champion.
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National Humanitarian Network - NHN Sindh


The mission of the NHN is to “voice the concerns and advocate for the vulnerable and disaster affected communities for improving policies, procedures and strengthening institutions for rights based disaster mitigation and humanitarian response, and to strengthen the role and capacities of national and local humanitarian actors in setting humanitarian and sustainable development agendas and humanitarian action in Pakistan”.


• To act as an institution that engages with all stakeholders that represent National / local NGOs/Civil Society through efficient and effective coordination mechanism
• To conduct evidence based policy advocacy for pre, during and post Humanitarian crisis (disaster preparedness/ mitigation / management issues)
• Facilitate all stakeholders in capacity building to promote community based disaster risk management, emergency response and action.
• To help in organizing and facilitating to make responsive and accountable civil society for humanitarian response and disaster risk management.
• Advocate for and promote empowered partnership in, based on GHP’s agreed principles of partnership and new business model to develop local capacities in humanitarian action.

  • How to participate: Membership Criteria
    Only organizations could become members who are:
    • Registered legal entities.
    • Prior experience in the area of humanitarian and disaster risk management (DRM) and have clear strategic objectives in humanitarian and DRM

  • Website: http://www.nhnpakistan.org

Radix - Radical Interpretations of Disaster

Radix is meant as a home for discussion, working papers, opinion pieces, resources, links that can help to develop radical interpretations of and radical solutions for all disasters in all parts of planet earth. Radix welcomes any material that proposes to deal with fundamental issues such as human rights, respect for diversity, translation of available knowledge into action, the links among disasters, economic development, and politics. Recent discussions have focused on climate change, governance and other related topics.

Red de Estudios Sociales en Prevención de Desastres en América (LA RED)

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Durante los últimos años La Red de Estudios Sociales en Prevención de Desastres en América Latina (LA RED) ha venido escudriñando, Des-Enredando e interviniendo de múltiples formas en el campo de la gestión del riesgo y la prevención de desastres.

Seminarios, talleres, reuniones, publicaciones e instrumentos de análisis y de intervención, así como la cotidiana participación de sus miembros en sus respectivos países o a nivel internacional en el campo de la gestión de riesgos han incidido, de manera importante, en los nuevos enfoques que se presentan en él y constituyen, por decirlo así, una buena parte de los activos de LA RED.

Durante su existencia, en LA RED se han presentado cambios relativamente significativos a nivel latinoamericano y mundial, tanto en términos de actores, como en términos del tratamiento del tema:

  • Desde el punto de vista del enfoque, es cada vez más común un acercamiento al tema basado en su relación intrínseca con los problemas del desarrollo y del manejo ambiental, entendiendo que los riesgos son generados por y dentro de esos procesos, tal como se presentan en nuestros países.
  • La necesidad de la gestión local del riesgo y su potencialidad, así como la significaicón de los pequeños y medianos desasres cotidianos y permanentes y sus relaciones con los procesos de ocupación territorial, uso del suelo y crecimiento urbano por ejemplo, es cada vez más comprendida y aplicada.
  • Desde un punto de vista institucional surgen en este marco nuevos actores: ministerios de planificación y medio ambiente, municipalidades, banca multilateral y regional, sector privado y ONGs de desarrollo que con anterioridad no se preocupaban en general por el tema.
  • Los "Sistemas de Manejo de Desastres" o de "Prevención y Atención de Desastres" atraviesan en cambio, en muchos países por dificultades derivadas tanto de la vulnerabilidad política existente (niveles cambiantes de preocupación-acción de los gobiernos/gobernantes en el tema) como de su propio enfoque tradicional sobre los riesgos y desastres y parece insinuarse nuevas formas de institucionalidad basadas en las nuevas condiciones y enfoques existentes.

En esta situación, a LA RED se le presenta el reto de desentrañar y Des-Enredar las nuevas condiciones y coyunturas con miras a construir espacios de intervención cada vez más amplios en el campo de la reducción y mitigación de los riesgos, red-definiendo, recogiendo y evaluando lo que son sus actuales activos y definiendo líneas de acción para el futuro.

Solution exchange for climate and disaster risk reduction community - Bangladesh

Solution Exchange is a knowledge management service that provides an email based platform for practitioners to discuss issues, share information and gather solutions to existing or anticipated challenges that they face on a day-to-day basis. It is based on the idea of peer learning and support. Bangladesh’s first Solution Exchange Community – the Urban Poverty Reduction Community was launched in March 2011 with its first query setting a global record for the number of responses.

The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR) Community provides knowledge services to harness Bangladesh’s vast knowledge pool on climate change and disaster risk reduction for more effective and smarter ways of doing the business – from policy, planning, or practical issues of implementation. The CDRR Community provides both online and offline services and tools in a non-hierarchical environment, bringing members from different sectors to form one ‘Team’ to make a positive dent in the field of climate change (CC) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Bangladesh. Currently there are some 580 members and dealt with some 26 queries and discussions (till January 2013).

The Lawyers' Earthquake Response Network (LERN)

LERN is a national network of lawyers in the US working with Haitian lawyers to implement a legal response to the earthquake in Haiti.

LERN employs a human rights-based approach to advocate for the victims of the earthquakes and reduce Haiti's vulnerability to future natural, political and economic stresses. LERN projects include fighting for safe housing, long-term, effective international assistance to Haiti, and for immigration opportunities in the US LERN will also develop replicable models for international legal responses to large-scale natural disasters.

It is led by the US-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and the Haiti-based public interest law firm, the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and was launched on January 17, 2010. Within the first two weeks, over 250 lawyers, law professors and law students joined the network.

LERN will provide overall coordination of projects through a listserve and an interactive webpage. Individual projects will be coordinated through project leaders, who will be leading experts in the relevant field. Project leaders are still needed to focus in particular on housing rights.

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