Community Practitioners Resilience Platform Launch, September 16, 2010, New Delhi

This formal networking and advocacy platform represents a unique opportunity for community level representatives living and working in poor communities, affected by disaster and climate change to play a key role in agenda-setting and influencing ISDR’s strategic plans and the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in May 2011. This one-day practitioner-policy dialogue jointly organized by the Alliance for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Practitioners Platform for Resilience provided an opportunity for community practitioners with NGO leaders and policy makers to analyze locally focused pro-poor mechanisms to advance climate resilient development. disasters, climate change and food insecurity.


Grassroots women define resilience: Asian Consultation on Community Disaster Resilience Fund (CDRF)
Huairou Commission, September 2010

Bringing together over 30 grassroots women from across Asia from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal and 5 states in India grassroots women leaders shared resilience building initiatives at regional Asian Academy on the Community Disaster Resilience Fund (CDRF) held in New Delhi. The women attending the Academy have a successful track record as leaders and activists responding to disaster, having pioneered innovative work on savings and credit, enterprise, food security, water and sanitation and health in their own communities


Groots India Network: Growing Numbers and Talent
Huairou Commission, September 2010

Grassroots women leaders from four states participated at a national workshop in Bangalore to collectively represent their priorities and advance their leadership in local development and governance. This meeting provided an opportunity for women to collectively analyze the gains they have made through organized leadership, the challenges that remain, and learn from one another effective strategies to build resilience.

  Grassroots women and decentralised governance
Huairou Commission, 2010

This report provides insights into the participation of local communities in decentralized decision making and local governance, including sustaining grassroots women's leadership in redeveloping families, homes, communities, and economies in crisis situations such as disasters.

GFDRR Programs: disaster risk reduction building resilience in changing climate
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR), 2010

This document showcase GFDRR's approach and role towards support to disaster risk reduction initiatives
in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, middle East and North Africa, and South Asia.

  Weathering climate change: insurance solutions for more resilient communities
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, 2010

The report explains how Insurance can make communities more resilient to climate risks by protecting them against damage from the most rare and severe weather events.

  Farmers in a changing climate: does gender matter?

This report presents the findings of research undertaken in six villages in two drought-prone districts of Andhra Pradesh, India, Mahbubnagar and Anantapur. The study, carried out by an international team led by FAO, used gender, institutional, and climate analyses to document the trends in climate variability men and women farmers are facing and their responses to ensure food security in the context of larger socio-economic and political challenges to their livelihoods and well-being.
  Climate change brief: what is adaptation to climate change?
Care International (CARE), 2010

This working brief is part of a series that provides insight into CARE’s climate change initiatives, experiences and approaches. For more information on CARE’s approach to adaptation, please go to:
  Care tackles vulnerabilty to climate change

CARE’s Community-Based Adaptation approach works with women and men in poor communities to ensure that they have a range of choices available to respond to this challenge.
  Climate smart disaster risk management
Christian Aid; Institute of Development Studies (IDS); Plan International, 2010

The report finds that successful application of the Climate Smar Disaster Risk Management approach will require systematic investment in people skills, new partnerships, technical collaboration and innovation to achieve the shift needed.$file/IDS_Oct2010.pdf?openelement
  Technology for adapting to climate change
Practical Action, 2010

This report explaings how new and improved technologies can be accessed and reduce vulnerability and help the poor adapt to climate change.
  The state of food insecurity in the world 2010: addressing food insecurity in protracted crises

This edition of The State of Food Insecurity in the World focuses on people living in a group of countries in which the incidence of hunger is particularly high and persistent, and which face particular challenges in meeting the MDG targets – namely countries in protracted crisis.

India city profile: climate and disaster resilience
Christian Aid; Kyoto University; NIDM, MHA; SEEDS, 2010

Consultation report: This study anaylise 12 Indian cities to understand the route causes of vulnerability in a city, taking a truely mult-sectoral approach. It is based on the belief that risk reduction is not a disaster management subject, but a development one.


Cities at risk: Asia's coastal cities in an age of climate change
East West Center (EWC), 2010

This paper addresses Asia's coastal megacities increasing vulnerability to flooding disasters resulting from the combined effects of climate change land subsidence and rapid urban growth


World disasters report 2010 - focus on urban risk
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 2010

This report shows urban risk is a major challenge for humankind in the 21st century if we are to ensure that the worldwide movement from the countryside to cities does not fuel a growth in sickness and deaths from the re-creation of 19th century-like public health hazards exacerbated by exposure to risks generated by climate change and the threat of pandemics.

  Views from the frontline - Country report: Indonesia
Hyog Framework for Action Review at Local Perspectives, 2010

The "Views from the Frontline' report review of the HFA implementation in Indonesia: It details the initiatives in DRR in in Indonesia; Govt, NGOs and CBOs role and the strategy of streamlining disaster risk reduction programs to leverage government and private sector’s budget, and the lessons learned from DRR programs in each region.

Building community resilience to disasters in upland areas of Viet Nam: lessons learnt
Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), 2009

This document presents the lessons learnt from the implementation of a community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) project working with ethnic minority communities in the upland areas in Viet Nam. It aims to record and disseminate experiences, results, and best practice derived from the project activities. It is intended for government, NGOs, and other development practitioners who are specifically interested in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).


Disaster proofing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
ADPC and UNMC (EndPoverty 2015), 2010

Enhancing resilience and accelerating achievements of MDGs and HFA implementation in Asia and the Pacific region by 2015: This brochure clearly shows how disaster can set back each of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how disaster risk reduction can help achieve the Goals. Through disaster proof MDGs, it aims to create the "virtuous circle" by reinforcing mutual synergy between the MDGs and the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).


It Is Not Too Late: Preparing for Asia’s Next Big Earthquake
GFDRR Policy note, October 2010

This note emphasis on the Philippines, Indonesia and China: What East Asia and the Pacific Can Do to Prepare for the Next Big Earthquake: Developing and Implementing Regional and Countrywide Strengthening Programs for Vulnerable Structures


First Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010

The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010, the first of its kind, was launched at the AMCDRR by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). According to the report, while the region generated one quarter of the world’s GDP, it accounted for a staggering 85 per cent of deaths and 38 per cent of global economic losses due to natural disasters over the last three decades.


Community resilience in disasters: How the Primary Health Care approach made a difference in recent emergencies in the WHO South-East Asia Region.
World Health Organization (WHO), 2010

These articles look at how the concept of primary health care has been applied and how it has worked in previous emergencies in the WHO South-East Asia Region. It provides snapshots of how communities can be more
resilient in the protection and promotion of health in emergency situations.


Pakistan floods: preventing future catastrophic flood disasters
Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, 2010

This article discusses why unusually heavy monsoon rains in northern Pakistan had such a devastating impact across the entire Indus River basin. It analyses what can be done to accelerate progress towards implementation of the Hyogo Framework and what lessons can we draw from the Pakistan flooding to ensure the nation rebuilds itself in a way that can prevent a repeat of such catastrophic disasters in future years.

  Green Economy can reduce poverty and help meet Millennium Development Goals
UNEP, September 2010

This report compiled by UNEP's Green Economy team - cites numerous cases where green strategies are paying multiple dividends in respect to the eight MDGs.
  Global monitoring report 2010: the MDGs after the crisis
The World Bank, 2010

This report aims to contribute to the overall assessment of what is required to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the deadline in 2015. It assesses the impacts of crises on human development, including the influence of external shocks such as natural disasters, and calls on governments to improve policies to protect populations from the most severe impacts of a crisis. It also advocates for broader cooperation on cross-border policy.
  Review of Community Based Vulnerability Assessment Methods and Tools

This paper reviews the existing participatory and community based vulnerability assessment framework, methodology and tools that deal with vulnerability and adaptation to climate change was carried out looking at how different organizations has approached to assess the vulnerability.
  Integrating disaster risk reduction and adaptation into rural livelihood programming: a guide for Oxfam staff and partners in Southeast Asia
Oxfam International, 2010

This guide offers a practical, five-step process for identifying disaster risk reduction and adaptation interventions to better manage climate risks, making extensive use of the Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability Analysis.
  Gender, Climate Change and Community-Based Adaptation
A guidebook for designing and implementing gender-sensitive community-based adaptation programmes and projects

This guidebook is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Gender Team at UNDP and the UNDP-GEF CBA Programme Team. It seeks to ensure that forthcoming CBA projects contribute to the achievement of gender equality and women's empowerment by integrating a gendered perspective into CBA programming and project design.
  Gender and Health e-toolkit

The Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) is pleased to announce the launch of the Gender and Health eToolkit on It brings together an enormous wealth of gender resources in one location. The purpose of the eToolkit is to provide practical, "how-to" methodologies and tools on gender that are designed to move health practitioners and managers from awareness and commitment to direct application and practice in policy and program design, implementation, research, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.
  Role of NGOs in Disaster Management.: National Disaster Management Guidelines.
National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, September 2010, New Delhi.
  Management of Tsunamis: National Disaster Management Guidelines.
National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, September 2010, New Delhi
  Management of Drought: National Disaster Management Guidelines
National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India, September 2010, New Delhi
  Walking on Water
Rural Volunteers Centre helping riparian communities overcome the fury of flood waters in Assam
The organisation is helping Assam’s riparian communities overcome the devastation caused by floods and take preventive measures. Sensitising the kids to hygiene factors is part of Rural Volunteer Centre’s philosophy of “co-existence with floods”
  Accelerating the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in Asia and the Pacific
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), 2010, ADPC News, May-August 2010, vol.16, no.2

This new issue focuses on the implementation of the 'Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015' (HFA) in Asia and the Pacific through its five specific Priorities for Action. The issue has two main sections: (i) the HFA and the Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction and (ii) taking stock HFA implementation in Asia.
  Sri Lanka: Framework to integrate DRM into development plans and programmes
Daily News, 7 September 2010

The Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessment (ISEA) will create a framework to protect sensitive areas, evaluate the potential adverse impacts of proposed projects, introduce disaster risk reduction and environment conservation measures from the start of new projects and create a system to monitor the ecosystem changes in the Northern Province due to the expected rapid development" said Dr Mallawatantri, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Representative in an interview with the Sri-Lankan based Daily News.
  Philippines: All provinces directed to mainstream DRR in planning activities
Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Date: 1 October 2010
  Indonesia: Makassar city celebrates international day for disaster reduction
The Alliance was launched on 8 October 2010 at a meeting in Makassar Red Cross (PMI) branch office. The Alliance is comprised of local community organizations (KPRM), a national network of organizations (Uplink Indonesia), PMI, youth environmental organization, nature conservation, student and PMI volunteer organization.
  UNISDR seeks disaster risk reduction commitment from Asian governments

As a region hard hit by weather-related events, UNISDR is urging Asian government ministers meeting at the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction this Monday to incorporate disaster risk reduction as part of their national policies to cope with climate change, and with it, more predicted floods, cyclones and drought.
  Second round of review for the HFA underway

The second round of government-led progress review on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action is underway. More than fifty countries have already carried out the self-assessment. A number of regional bodies have also started to conduct an assessment of their progress in disaster risk reduction. The results of the country and regional assessments received before the end of 2010 will be presented in the 2011 Global Assessment Report.
  Dealing with disasters international conference 2010

Date: 23-24 Nov 2010,
Location: United Kingdom (Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST)
Venue: Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Great Hall, UK

The conference focus for 2010 is ‘Linking Disasters and Development: the next 10 years’. This involves exploring and highlighting aspects of resilience, response, investigation and recovery strategies for dealing with environmental, economic and socially related disasters, nationally and internationally.
  2011 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction – call for nominees
Deadline: 28th February 2010

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Sasakawa Award to be given to an individual or organization for outstanding and internationally recognized action that contributes to building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

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