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Young people's prioritisation of disaster and everyday risks

Source(s):  Y Care International (YCI)

This research reports on how risk prioritisation shapes disaster risk reduction behaviour in Moramanga and Vatomandry, Madagascar. In addition, it outlines and analyses the perceptions of disaster risk in comparison to everyday risk of young people and their communities living in hazard-prone locations.

The key recommendations of this study are: (i) future projects and programmes should ensure they address the priority needs of young people and their communities as ranked by them; (ii) communities should be supported to increase their understanding not only on the natural hazards they experience, but also on how these might change and what impact climate change might have on them; (iii) activities should be carried out at community level to build trust in official early warnings and determine ways to make the messages more relevant and clearer; (iv) one approach for building effective disaster resilience is to increase a focus on livelihood security and diversification in disaster prone areas as a route for achieving disaster resilience; (v) DRR and climate change daptation activities should be fully integrated into development projects and programmes so disaster resilience is built through activities which focus on improving the socio-economic status of communities aswell as DRR; (vi) NGOs should continue to work with donors of international development programmes to ensure disaster resilience is viewed as a route to ensuring sustainable development outcomes and should be mainstreamed into all projects in disaster-prone areas; (vii) NGOs should continue to support dialogue between actors at all levels in-country to support the development of effective national and local disaster management strategies which are understood and relevant at community level.

In French:

Quelles priorites pour les jeunes entre risques de catastrophes et risques du quotidien en Madagascar

Cette étude entend contribuer au développement des connaissances dans le domaine de la résilience face aux catastrophes, en examinant spécifiquement la manière dont les jeunes et leurs communautés perçoivent les risques et leurs degrés de priorité dans une zone à risque de Madagascar.

Il en ressort que les préoccupations économiques et sociales passent avant les risques de catastrophe auprès des jeunes et de leurs communautés, bien qu’ils aient souffert des destructions du cyclone Giovanna en 2012. Le point central de cette étude est l’importance que revêt la participation des jeunes dans la communauté pour la prise de décision et la prévention des risques de catastrophe.

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  • Young people's prioritisation of disaster and everyday risks
  • Publication date 2014
  • Author(s) Biskupska, Natalia
  • Number of pages 25 p.

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