UK: In Greater Manchester, evidence-based and inclusive policy can lead to longer-term and effective programs
In Greater Manchester, evidence-based and inclusive policy can lead to longer-term and effective programs
The voluntary commitment “Improving Disaster Resilience in an Ageing Greater Manchester” is the result of a collaboration between the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organization (GMCVO). It aims to ensure that the opinions of older people are heard when designing disaster resilience programs in Greater Manchester, UK.
This commitment is worth highlighting not only because it displays joint efforts by two organizations but also because it applies inclusive and evidence-based policy design for the benefit of marginalized and vulnerable groups in society such as older people.
The intervention included pilot programs with multiple engagement opportunities through workshops, seminars and presentations. Based on the evidence collected, a rigorous analysis determines which programs can continue to be applied or scaled-up. This approach may facilitate the rollout of programs that are more long-term and cost-effective. While this commitment helps to reduce isolation and build resilience, it also fulfils the Sendai Framework call for an all-of-society focus via meaningful dialogue with communities and local action.
"The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) online platform allows stakeholders to inform the public about their work on DRR. The SFVC online platform is a useful tool to know who is doing what and where for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, which could foster potential collaboration among stakeholders. All stakeholders (private sector, civil society organizations, academia, media, local governments, etc.) working on DRR can submit their commitments and report on their progress and deliverables. Good practices and achievements will be highlighted through the online platform."