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How to link disaster risk reduction with conflict risk reduction

Cordaid empowers individuals and communities to jointly overcome adversity by integrating disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, ecosystem management, and conflict risk reduction.

Today, a quarter of the global population, or about 1.5 billion people, live in societies affected by fragility, conflict and violence. Further, according to the Overseas Development Institute, 58% of deaths from disasters related to natural hazards take place in the top 30 fragile states, where there is lack of government capacity for disaster risk management. Especially in fragile contexts, climate change has a multiplier effect on conflict.

Therefore, while working on resilience in fragile contexts, organisations need to have systematic information on conflict issues. They need consistent and comprehensive conflict risk analysis to ensure a do-no-harm approach, and to aim for deliberate conflict risk reduction through community-managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) interventions.

Read the full article on page 12 of the 30th issue of VOICE and explore how Cordaid is enhancing resilience in fragile areas by addressing the links between the impacts of climate change and conflict.