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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has plotted a long-term development path with the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) (2005-2015) and the Revised RISDP (2015-2020), aligned with Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Centred around the envisaged development profile of the region is the need to address disaster risks in an inclusive and holistic manner, emphasising vulnerability, and exposure reduction. Building the resilience of communities most at risk has become a priority for the region and this is evident in the recent development of the SADC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Strategic Plan (2019) and the SADC Regional Resilience Strategic Framework (2019). Uncertainties linked to climate change and the intensifying of natural hazards on an annual basis, moreover, stress the need for enhanced disaster risk reduction actions by the Member States and other regional partners.
The aim of this biennial report is to assess on the implementation of the seven global targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) and the additional five Africa-specific DRR targets, as outlined in the Programme of Action for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework in Africa (PoA), within the SADC region. The seven SFDRR targets as contextualised for the African setting is:
In addition to achieving the above targets as set out in the Sendai Framework, African countries agreed to develop data by 2020 to measure progress in achieving the following additional targets:
In addition to assessing progress towards the Global targets of the SFDRR and Africa-Specific additional targets of the PoA, this report will give an outline of the disaster risk profile of the SADC region as well as report on developments in the institutional and policy arena. The report covers all of the sixteen (16) Member States of SADC, namely Angola; Botswana; Comoros; Democratic Republic Of Congo; Eswatini; Lesotho; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Namibia; Seychelles; South Africa; United Republic Of Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
The objectives of this report necessitated the use of a mixed-methods approach to data collection and analysis. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected. Two surveys were developed and administered online during a regional data collection workshop. In addition, existing databases and in particular the Sendai Framework Monitor (SFM), DesInventar, INFORM Index for Risk Management and International Disasters Database (EM-DAT) were used for baseline data.
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