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    Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the
    United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters
    United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa
    World Bank, the

    Date: 14 - 17 Apr 2008
    Country: Senegal
    City/State: Dakar

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Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and assessing disaster damages and losses in development

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): African Union (AU)
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR)
United Nations Development Programme - Headquarters (UNDP)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNDRR AF)
World Bank, the (WB)

Type: Training Course Date: 14 - 17 Apr 2008 Location: Senegal (Dakar) Venue: Novotel Hotel

Training Workshop Event

As part of activities under Track I of the GFDRR in Africa, the UN/ISDR and the World Bank together with a number of ISDR system partners, including UNDP/Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Reduction (BCPR) and the ProVention Consortium, under the auspices of the African Union, will sponsor a training workshop for Sub-Saharan African countries on mainstreaming DRR into development strategies, including the PRSPs, and assessment of post-disaster needs.

The planned activity is a training (skills development), advocacy, sensitization and knowledge sharing workshop involving lectures by specialists/trainers, country experience presentations, group discussions, and training exercises.  Training in mainstreaming will be based on the methodologies and presentational approaches developed by the World Bank, UNDP and ProVention Consortium while that on post-disaster loss assessment will be based on adaptation and enhancement of the ECLAC methodology promoted by the World Bank and the Global Risk Identification Project (GRIP).

The training event will focus on how to: (i) apply risk assessment and identify and obtain key data and capacity needs for risk assessment, (ii) effectively mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into development and identify existing opportunities for strengthening capacities for mainstreaming, (iii) do disaster damage and loss assessment, identify key requirements for the assessment and use the information from assessments to estimate financial needs for recovery and reconstruction, (iv) expose participants to the HFA reporting framework, process, methodology and mechanisms for reporting on progress on HFA implementation to UN/ISDR secretariat

The workshop will cover a period of four days:

The first day will focus on key issues to consider in responding to disasters and mainstreaming DRR based on recent experiences of countries with the two processes.

The second day will cover three inter-related issues: (a) how to increase knowledge of key capacity and data in disaster risk assessment as the context for post-event assessment and mainstreaming, and (b) discussion of available tools for mainstreaming, and, (c) strengthening use of climate change adaptation strategies and tools as mechanisms for disaster risk reduction.  The session on mainstreaming will address such issues as: the necessary elements an effective strategy to mainstream DRR in the priory sectors, issues to be mainstreamed, criteria for identifying opportunities for mainstreaming, institutional structures for mainstreaming, enhancing coordination of agencies involved in mainstreaming, and, indicators for assessing progress on mainstreaming.

The third day covers topics in identifying, quantifying and assessing damages and losses resulting from disaster events.  This segment on damage and loss assessment will follow the recent GFDRR-sponsored training on post-disaster loss assessment in Madagascar held in December 2007.  It will include presentations on the conceptual setting of the methodology developed by ECLAC and a general description of the standard practices of the assessments using that methodology.  It will also involve overviews and exercises in assessing damages in priority sectors and the macroeconomy as well as issues relating to data availability and use.

The fourth day will cover a key theme essential to developing capacities in mainstreaming and loss assessment: reporting on the implementation and progress of DRR in Africa based on the ISDR system-wide HFA Reporting Framework for 2007-2009.  Three major outcomes are expected from this session are: (a) enhanced knowledge of HFA reporting process and requirements, (b) agreement on benchmarks and indicators to track, and, (c) timelines for reporting on progress in Africa to the UN/ISDR secretariat

Target Audience

A broad spectrum of participants will attend, comprising:
• Government officials (National Platform/HFA Focal Points and relevant senior staff of ministries of finance or planning agencies)
• World Bank staff
• DRR focal points of UNDP
• Representatives of the African Union and the Regional Economic Commissions
• Staff of the African Development Bank
• Representatives of partner institutions
• Representatives of civil society organizations and academic institutions

It is expected that the number of participants will total about 100.

Countries proposed to participate in the workshop are: Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central Africa Rep., Chad, Comoros, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

These countries cover:
• those with DRR National Platform/HFA Focal Points
• those who have PRSPs in place since 2004
• countries eligible for GFDRR Track II assistance during FY 2008 and 2009
• ‘One-UN’ countries.

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