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Capacity Development Networks & Communities

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.


Apiário is a platform to promote social business for greater efficiency in support of emergency situations in Brazil. A call to action is promoted for young social entrepreneurs, to implement projects that help solving problems in emergency and risky situations in Brazil. The platform takes place under the organizational environment, to foster social business entrepreneurs to implement different links needed to support an excellent management of natural disasters in Brazil, facilitated by groups of people and entities that can meet financial, technical and coaching demands.
  • Language: Spanish
  • How to participate: The entry shall be made only by completing the online form. Each project must have a minimum of detail below:
    - Personal details and motivations - Brief description of the project - Category and demand fulfilled - Budget - Expected Results
  • Website: http://apiario.tumblr.com/

Arctic Disaster Early Career Association (ADECA)

ADECA is an interdisciplinary and collaborative group aimed at improving networking and opportunities among early career researchers and professionals interested in Arctic Disaster Risk Reduction & Response.

As an understudied area that is difficult to access, both physically and otherwise, there is a strong need for early career professionals and researchers to be able to collaborate and share ideas, in order to address the multifaceted and complex issues surrounding Arctic Disater Risk Reduction & Response.

  • How to participate: While the website is still under construction, we urge those who are interested to subscribe to our newsletter (via the website) so as to be kept up-to-date with future ADECA programmes and initiatives.
  • Website: http://www.adeca.net

Asian Disaster Reduction Response Network

Their main aim is to promote coordination, information sharing and collaboration among NGOs and other stakeholders for effective and efficient disaster reduction and response in the Asia-Pacific region.


The C-Change Project, Managing Adaptation to Environmental Change in Coastal Communities: Canada and the Caribbean, is a collaborative International Community-University Research Alliance (ICURA) initiative whose goal is to assist participating coastal communities in sharing experiences and tools that aid adaptation to pending changes in their physical and social coastal environments. These environmental changes include (1) flooding associated with storm surge, (2) coastal erosion, (3) rising sea-levels, (4) seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers, (5) coastal and sea pollution caused by wastewaters and solid wastes that have been treated ineffectively, and (6) impacts associated with increasingly extreme weather events.

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

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.

Climate-Eval community of practice

Climate-Eval is the online platform of the broader community of practice (CoP) on climate change and development evaluation whose objectives include the following: 1. an electronic library for Climate Change and Development Evaluation 2. a book launch and publication of the International Conference papers, 'Evaluating Climate Change and Development' (published and available to order) 3. five studies on climate change adaptation and mitigation 4. host virtual discussions

Coastal area disaster mitigation efforts (CADME)

CADME is a coalition of twenty five voluntary organisations working together on disaster preparedness in coastal areas of Andhra pradesh and Orissa. Establishment of task force groups at each vulnerable village to mitigate the effects of Disasters is main intervention of CADME. So far as many as 521 taskforce groups have been formed in 480 vulnerable villages of coastal andhra and orissa. All these taskforce groups are well capacitated and disaster drills are held at regular intervals. The chief funtionary and Disaster manager/Chief trainer on Disaster preparedness, Mr. Meda Gurudutt Prasad is the recipient of UN SASAKAWA award for the year 2003/04.

DIMA Connect

DIMA Connect is an online platform for disaster management practitioners across the African continent meant for information sharing, opportunities, best case practices and capacity-building.

DIMA Connect is a 'one stop shop on disaster reduction and emergency management in Africa. It provides a platform for information-sharing, skills market, skills exchange, events happening in different parts of the continent and the world, training, interaction and best practices from an African perspective. It is a platform from which Africans in the field can discuss ideas, share experiences and find opportunities. Its main goal is to connect Africans to each other and create a space for regular interaction on various topics related to disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Disaster in this case is not limited to natural disasters but also to emergency relief operations of all kinds.

DIMA Connect will be a repository on everything disaster-related for the purposes of knowledge management on the African continent with a cartographic representation for each and every country. This can be shared or even donated if and when necessary. Members would have exclusive advantages in accessing some of this information. It shall connect to other sites with similar goals to ensure that as a continent we are part of the world wide disaster management web.

DIMA Connect also serves as the platform for real time information on events on the continent, warning on impending risks and hazards, follow up on actions and responses undertaken in various countries, etc. This is done through regular updates, weekly, monthly and quarterly. We encourage members to write academic papers and we will ensure that they are published. Members have exclusive benefits depending on their category of membership. We shall also share information on job opportunities, consultancies, etc.

Duryog Nivaran

Duryog Nivaran is a research, training and advocacy network committed to promoting disaster risk reduction in South Asia at policy and community level. It strives to build the knowledge base of stakeholders by sharing research findings, information, experiences and insights on emerging issues of disaster management in the countries and among the communities of the region.

EU Exchange of Experts Programme and Financial Instrument

EU exchange of experts system is designed to complement a training programme tailored to the needs of civil protection interventions within the framework of the Community Mechanism for civil protection. It is open to partners of the European Union civil protection mechanism including the candidate country Croatia and the European Economic Area (Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland). The Community Mechanism consists of a series of elements and actions, which aim at facilitating both adequate preparedness and effective response at Community level.

Exchange of Experts in civil protection programme

New two-year project cycle beginning October 2016

The short-term exchange programme for persons and organisations involved in civil protection activities will be continued for a further two years. The programme is funded by the European Commission and managed by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) and is part of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM).
The programme serves to improve the competence of civil protection forces and increase the effectiveness of joint operations by offering interested persons and parties the opportunity to participate in short-term exchanges to different countries. At present, 52 countries are represented in the programme, offering participants a wealth of potential experiences and knowledge accessible in the different national civil protection systems and organisations. Representatives from non-governmental organisations, which are active in the field of civil protection and disaster management, are also eligible to take part.
An exchange lasts from 2 days to a maximum 2 weeks. Experts are able to apply individually or as a group and organisations can use the programme to invite experts.

  • How to participate: Further information about the programme, eligibility and participation criteria can be found on our website.
  • Website: http://www.exchangeofexperts.eu

Global Development Network (GDNet)

GDNet provides southern researchers with a space to profile their work and opportunities to engage with others working in development policy and practice including topics such as Disaster Risk Reduction or Climate Change Adaptation. The tools and services that it offers have been developed specifically to support researchers working in developing countries and to make their work known to an international audience.

The GDNet Knowledgebase is a comprehensive internet portal to development research produced in developing countries. Free to use, it features more than 16,500 research papers which are accompanied by clear conclusion based summaries. You can browse by topic through the GDNet Thematic Windows.

GDNet offers a range of journals services to address the difficulty faced by many researchers in the global south in accessing journal articles to support their research. GDNet facilitates access to journals and scholarly literature, providing researchers and research organizations in low and middle income countries with access to journals services that are normally only available to paying subscribers subject to terms of agreement with the service provider. Access is granted to eligible researchers who have registered a profile on the GDNet Knowledgebase.

Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT) CoP

The Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT) is a training program designed to increase awareness and knowledge of environmentally sustainable disaster response approaches. The GRRT is made of ten modules which are designed to be delivered in a one-day training workshop: (i) opportunities after disasters - introduction to green recovery and reconstruction; (ii) project design; (iii) monitoring and evaluation; (iv) environmental impact assessment tools and techniques; (v) green guide to strategic site selection and development; (vi) green guide to materials and the supply chain; (vii) green guide to construction; (viii) green guide to water and sanitation; (ix) green guide to livelihoods; and (x) green guide to disaster risk reduction and greening organizational operations.

India Food Banking Network (IFBN)

India Food Banking Network is a system intending to feed millions of people each year and become a vehicle for building public awareness about hunger and nutrition. It will also serve as a powerful voice that drives policy decisions and initiatives on food security such as the concept of Grain Bank, building the capacity of communities to disasters.

International network for capacity building in integrated water resources management (Cap-Net)

Cap-Net is an international network for capacity building in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity building in the water sector.

Cap-Net falls within the Energy and Environment Group of UNDP and works closely with the Water Governance Facility. UNDP recognizes the key role of capacity building for integrated water resources management as an important means in promoting sustainable development and combating poverty.

As a UNDP project, Cap-Net is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sida and the EU and hosted by the Water Research Commission, South Africa. EU funds from the Water Facility support actions in Africa and the Caribbean.

  • Language: English
  • How to participate: The Cap-Net website makes all training and information materials freely available for download and adaptation to meet local needs. Visit website for more information.
  • Website: http://www.cap-net.org/

Knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction

DisasterPreparedness - ICIMOD.org - is a Knowledge Sharing Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction practitioners. The website is community driven, and mainly serves as a dynamic online repository for materials such as publications, reports, articles, links and news related to DRR.

We welcome you all to join our Group Mail which facilitates knowledge-networking among more than 400 DRR practitioners.

Learning from mega-disasters community of practice

Learning from Mega-Disasters Community of Practice (CoP) is a knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange program that is established by the Government of Japan and the World Bank to collect and analyze information, data, and evaluations performed by academic and research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and the private sector, with the intent of sharing Japan’s knowledge on disaster risk management (DRM) and post disaster reconstruction with countries that are vulnerable to disasters. This CoP will serve as a venue where experts can share views, discuss new topics, upload documents and add comments and suggestions.

Local Emergency Assessment Response Network (LEARN) in Sumatra Island, Indonesia

Local Emergency Assessment Response Network (LEARN) is HEKS's Project in Indonesia. The LEARN is unique in its kind on Sumatra. LEARN is situated at an important interface of the Indonesian Disaster Risk Reduction (DRM) structure closing the gap between the local disaster management entities (BPBD), NGOs on the spot, community organizations and most importantly the affected communities. Despite the vast Indonesian DRR efforts, local and regional government officials do not yet have a sound enough knowledge of the complex issues regarding preparedness and emergency response in all its details and they are often too far from the grassroots level. Moreover, due to the LEARN trainings aspects of preparedness and disaster risk reduction are integrated into the daily project work and the resilience of people at the lowest level can be strengthened. This is a particular advantage of the project as the community level has so far not been reached by the Disaster Management efforts of the Indonesian government. Experiences show that behaviour patterns regard-ing preparedness and the reaction to disaster situations only happens gradually and over time and re-quires continuous training, simulations and repetition in all parts of society. The knowledge about pre-paredness and the behaviour during and after disasters all over Indonesia has doubtlessly improved compared to the time before the devastating Tsunami in 2004 but is still in the beginning of a long pro-cedure. The development of reparedness strategies at the grassroots level is currently mainly supported by NGOs, hence, LEARN can contribute much to the strengthening of this process. The following modules are incorporated in the twelve day LEARN training cycle: Module 1: Introduction into the topics Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Disaster Management and the LEARN Approach Module 2: Preparedness and mitigation measures before a disaster occurs Module 3: Safety and Security Module 4: First Aid in Disasters Module 5: Risk Analysis Module 6: Rapid Needs Assessment - Reporting Module 7: Communication - Technical Know How - Equipment use Module 8: Emergency WASH and Shelter Module 9: Psychology – Coping with Stress and Trauma Basics Module 10: Logistics – Distribution – Proposals Module 11: Evacuation Module 12: Design and implement disaster management trainings and community based disaster management plans There are 8 cycle of training for 75 NGOs in Sumatra.

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

PARSQUAKE: Earthquake education in the global Persian community (Teachers Without Borders)

This online group will collaborate on creating and collecting earthquake education resources that can be used by the global Persian-speaking community.

Periperi U

Periperi U is a platform for university partnership to reduce disaster risks in Africa. It stands for ‘Partners Enhancing Resilience to People Exposed to Risks’ - with a special focus on advancing university action on risk and vulnerability reduction in Africa.

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