Training Course on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into National Development Process

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
06-10 Mar 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
IRES Training Centre
03-07 Apr 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
08-12 May 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
05-09 Jun 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)


Disaster risk within a country has its roots in development decisions that do not adequately address disaster concerns, and the resulting disasters are coming at the cost of development and poverty reduction. By not considering disaster risk in development planning, new risks could be unintentionally created or existing ones exacerbated through investments in infrastructure and public services, and through improper planning and regulation.

Thus it is essential that the process of development planning identifies and analyzes the underlying causes of risk, and factors in measures for risk reduction. By mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national development processes, disaster risk considerations can be made an integral part of development processes, especially in priority sectors such as agriculture, education, health, housing and roads.

This course has been developed to enhance the capacity of government officials, development partners and stakeholders involved in development planning to mainstream disaster risk reduction into development activities and practices.


5 days

Intended Audience

The course is particularly useful for government officials responsible for disaster risk reduction policy and planning, national development planning, land-use planning, local development or finance; representatives of national forums on the Millennium Development Goals; and related agencies.

The course will also benefit development professionals from development agencies (e.g., UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies and nongovernmental organizations), working closely with government agencies on issues related to development policy, planning and programs.

Course Objectives

The goal of the course is to enhance understanding of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the development planning processes through building the capacities of government officials, development partners and stakeholders to implement disaster resilient development.

The specific objectives of the course include:

  • Increasing awareness among participants on the need to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the development planning processes

  • Enhancing the capacity of participants on ‘how to’ mainstream disaster risk reduction concerns into the national, sub-national, and sectoral development planning processes

  • Application of GIS and RS in disaster risk reduction

  • Providing a platform for experience sharing, discussion and interactive professional exchange on mainstreaming disaster reduction in development

Topics to be covered

Module 1: Introduction to disaster risk reduction

  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Terminologies related to DRR, discuss the

  • Comprehensive link between disasters and development,

  • Risk assessment

  • Use risk information to guide development decisions.

Module 2: Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into the development planning process

  • Disaster loss data

  • Socio-economic impact of disasters

  • Macroeconomic impacts

  • Household and community impacts

  • Appreciation of the scope for enhanced resilience

  • Accountability

  • Political champions

Module 3: GIS and Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Basic GIS and RS concepts and terminologies in the context of disaster management.

  • Data sources for DRM.

  • Satellite image data sources for DRM.

  • GPS /mobile phone GPS for HV field GIS data collection using ODK.

  • Activity: GPS/mobile Course Tour.

  • Hazard, vulnerability and Risk assessment with GIS and RS

  • Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation, cost-benefit analysis.

  • Use of GIS in disaster preparedness planning.

  • Elements at risk, hazard and vulnerability assessment using GIS.

  • GIS Multi criteria analysis in vulnerability assessment.

  • Group discussion: Use of GIS and RS to map existing buildings, infrastructure, land use and critical facilities located in potential hazard areas.

Module 4: Application of Risk Information for Risk Reduction Planning

  • Visualization of risk information (Using QGIS/ILWIS/SAGA Software).

  • Risk mapping and database generation using Excel/QGIS and SAGA

  • Disaster monitoring: satellite image processing techniques for change detection

  • Creating a personal geodatabase for GIS emergency support manpower with personnel location information, contact information, and specialized skills.

  • Creating a risk map

  • Use of GIS and RS in identification of the extent and magnitude of each hazard.

Module 5: Enabling environment for mainstreaming

  • Legislation

  • Disaster risk management strategy

  • Institutional arrangements and capacity for disaster risk management
    • National government

    • Local government
      • Integration of disaster risk reduction into national and local government development planning

  • National Physical Framework Plan

  • National development plans

  • Local planning

  • Intra-government horizontal and vertical integration

  • Budgetary considerations

  • Project appraisal

  • Beyond platitudes: setting disaster risk reduction goals and related indicators

  • Monitoring and evaluation for mainstreaming

  • Financing options for DRR


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.

How to Register

Register directly through the website.

Registration Fees

USD 876.00

Further information on registration and group tariffs can be found on the training website.

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