Facilitating community managed disaster risk reduction

Meeting or Conference
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Applied Learning ) (IIRR)
10-20 Jun 2014
Ethiopia (Diredawa)

The global climate system is undergoing constant change leading to evident climatic patterns. Over 40% of the population in the horn of Africa lives in drought-prone arid and semi-arid areas. Most African countries prone to drought continue to experience widespread challenges like: high precipitation, floods, conflicts, HIV/AIDS, diseases, epidemics, and environmental degradation. As a result, these disasters continuously wipe out the accumulated gains of development efforts. This course shall therefore, focus on the Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) framework which establishes the relationship between disaster and development. This framework asserts that disasters can be avoided and the effects of hazards can be reduced significantly. This is by increasing the individual’s capacity towards survivability and the community’s capacity towards preparedness to disaster. The goal of CMDRR is to build resilient communities. You will learn: • Module 1: Concepts, Principles and Practices in CMDRR This module will lay the theoretical foundation of the community managed disaster risk reduction approach, how it has evolved over time, and its unique features that promote community self-sustenance and resilience. In addition to participants’ experiences, IIRR will share their own and partners’ experiences from the region on implementing CMDRR approach. • Module 2: Facilitating CMDRR – Methods and Process This module explains the CMDRR model or process from community entry to identification of DRR measures. It also exposes participants to Participatory Risk Assessment (PRA/PLA) tools that can be adopted for use during participatory disaster risk assessment at community level. It has simulation exercises that allow participants to conduct disaster risk assessment under classroom situation. The exercises include the four step process; hazard, vulnerability, capacity assessment and risk analysis of drought and other related hazards in Arid & Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas. • Module 3: Facilitating Planning for DRR Measures This session exposes participants to DRR community planning processes and will also involve classroom simulation exercises. The outputs will be DRR strategy, community action and contingency plan and a Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (PPME& L) plan. • Module 4: Field Practicum This is a two-day field work in a drought-prone community to conduct participatory risk (hazard, vulnerability and capacity) assessment to gain confidence in use of PDRA tools. It is an integral part of the training and trainees are expected to compile a comprehensive report after the field visit. The outcome of the fieldwork will also be used to help participants in learning how to identify risk reduction measures and integrate them into development plan and contingency plans. • Module 5: Implementing and Sustaining CMDRR This module focuses on building the capacity of participants in implementing and sustaining THE CMDRR approach. This is to ensure that local communities are alert, prepared and able to respond in the event of drought or related hazards. Best practice cases will be shared from experiences in the region. • Module 6: Action Planning The participants will develop action plans on how they will use the newly acquired knowledge and skills to improve practices in their respective districts. Course highlights • Field practicum to learn how CMDRR can be applied in practice. • Free Toolkit: Building Resilient Communities - CD

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Event fee

Day rate (non-boarding option) –USD1,100; Full board rate–USD2,200

What is included in the event fee

Course fees: • Day rate (non-boarding option) –USD1,100 (inclusive of applicable taxes) per participant. This fee covers tuition, course material, lunch and teas. It does not cover the cost of accommodation and breakfast • Full board rate–USD2,200 (inclusive of applicable taxes) per participant. This fee covers tuition, course material, lunch , teas and full board accommodation Please note that participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the training venue and for all other expenses that are not covered by the training fee (international airfares, laundry, medical insurance and incidental expenses). Discounts • All female participants are eligible for a 10% discount • All IIRR course alumni are eligible for a 25% discount • All IIRR alumni who refer a participant who applies, pays and attends a course are eligible to a 25% discount on a course of their choice Note: In the event that a participant is eligible for more than one discount, only the higher discount will apply; the participant is not eligible for a double discount.

How to register

Fill in the attached application form and send it to training @iirr.org


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