Launched in 2007, Jàmbá is a trans-disciplinary publication in the field of disaster risk reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new study field. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies aims to engage, inform, and catalyse scholarly discourse within research and real-world practices that work towards the minimisation of vulnerabilities and disaster risks throughout developing communities with special emphasis on Africa. The intended focus of Jàmbá (meaning disaster in Yoruba) is on the African continent but also welcomes related articles from other regions. The journal crosses and affects disciplinary boundaries to promote communication, collaboration and teamwork between professions and disciplines to avoid (prevention) or to limit (mitigation and preparedness) the adverse impacts of hazards, within the broad context of sustainable development. The journal covers all areas of disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:
- Risk awareness and assessment, including hazard analysis and vulnerability/capacity analysis.
- Knowledge development, including education, training, research and information.
- Public commitment and institutional frameworks, including organisational, policy, legislation and community action.
The journal is vital to the South African research community as its creates discourse on disaster risk management, which can inform policy-makers and legislative stakeholders on how to develop more effective policies, programmes, and applied planning to reduce communities’ vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic hazards.