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This desk review was undertaken to enhance the understanding of disaster risk and spaces of vulnerability (i.e. exposure to hazards) in terms of natural disaster and/or crisis situations in Southern Africa, and map the current disaster risk governance structure and preparedness capacity in the region. Six countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region – namely, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – were targeted.
This review recommends adapting disaster risk reduction and resilience initiatives to national, cross-border, transboundary and regional hazards; development challenges and vulnerabilities; and disaster risk management systems. Practitioners need to mainstream relevant regional dynamics such as sustainable development, climate change, urbanization, and migration into disaster risk management frameworks and operational mechanisms.