Africa Conference on Economic Costs of Disasters 2017: The Role of the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction

Meeting or Conference
Other organizer:
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)
Gravitazz Institute for Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management (GIDREM)
23-25 Oct 2017
South Africa (Midrand)
Constantia Office Park 546 16th Rd, Midrand, 1685

The Africa Conference on Economic Costs of Disasters 2017, with a focus on the Role of The Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction, will take place 23-25 October 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. It will be the first continental conference in Africa to focus exclusively on the active involvement of the private sector in DRR. This conference will further explore best practices and approaches on how governments and the private sector can best work together to reduce disaster risk, build resilience and achieve sustainable development in Africa. 

The conference invites the private sector to take an active part in investing in DRR and creates a platform for both public and private sectors to explore and discuss the best partnership approaches. It will also cover challenges and future direction on the implementation of the Sendai Framework, as well as strategies on how the private sector can actively invest in DRR to reduce economic losses and help build more resilient African economies and communities. 

Target Audience

This platform will bring together decision-makers from both the private and public sectors - including industry leaders, entrepreneurs, practitioners, scientists, national and local government officials, environment and development economists, academia, civil society organisations and others - to discuss the current and future economic impacts of disasters on the African continent. 


The sub-themes of the 2017 ACECD will focus on the four priorities of action identified by the SFDRR emphasising on how the private sector can actively contribute to each priority through various forms of investments. The private sector industries will further be broken down to address the different priorities, aligned with their respective business sector.

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk;

  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk;

  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience;

  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Registration Fees

Early Bird (before 30 June 2017) $200 USD
Regular Fee (1 July  - 15 August 2017) $250 USD
Late Registration (15 - 31 August 2017) $300 USD
Student Discount Limited scholarship opportunities

Additional Information

Please find attached the Conference Concept note and the Call for papers (English and French) that provide detailed information on the theme, topics of interest, and abstract submission requirements.

For more information, see event website listed below.

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