Enhence effective responses to disasters


Capacity building on emergency response and disaster risk reduction

Increasing resilience of communities who live at a high disaster risk is becoming more and more important on the international agenda. Yet there is much to learn about risks and environmental vulnerabilities, and how to enable better community response. For that reason we support research pilots to establish learning platforms and experience sharing among participants.


  • Partner organizations trained in disaster preparedness and response
  • Disaster Recovery


In 2010 we decided to invest in partner’s capacity building in Emergency Response. This is part of a long term objective of Cordaid to link Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response. We believe that the synergy between Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response approaches and activities will help to reach the overall objective of increasing disaster resilience of communities. In 2011 capacity building trajectories have started in three pilot countries: South Sudan, Haiti and Indonesia. These countries are selected because they are disaster prone. The pilots will deliver learnings on approaches in capacity building to scale up to other disaster prone focus countries of Cordaid in 2012-2015. According to our plan, in 2012 the Horn of Africa and Bangladesh are supposed to start with emergency response capacity building trajectories. For the pilots in South Sudan, Haiti and Indonesia a time-frame of 18 months is set; June 2011 to December 2012.

Initial situation

We closed our operational emergency office in July 2012. It was established after the January 2010 earthquake. From September 2012 onwards, we worked from a smaller office with liaison officers from different sectors.


Together with our partners in Haiti we aim to increase capacity to effectively respond to a disasters in accordance to humanitarian standards.


  • Partner organizations trained in disaster preparedness and response
  • Disaster Recovery

Target group

Main target groups are partner organizations located in disaster prone regions Haiti.

Project plan

Main activities of the pilot involve:
– Risk mapping and analysis to understand the disaster risks.;
– Stakeholder mappings;
– Risks analysis at community levels;
– Gaps analysis (this involves hazard analysis, vulnerability analyses and disaster analysis);
– Strategy analysis (by identifying gaps to respond to disasters);
– Actors analysis and defining role of Cordaid and partners in ER-early recovery;
– Selection of partners and capacity building needs (interventions involve: Rapid recovery assessment, participations methodologies, sphere standards and codes of conduct, accountability, logistics and logistics and financial administration);
– Development of a joint contingency;
– Linking and Learning (this involves pilot monitoring and drawing lessons learned);
– Every 3 months the policy advisor will organize an exchange & learning session between the programme officers of Sudan, Haiti and Indonesia.


A core component of our Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction approach is to bring sustainable solutions to vulnerable populations. Elements that increase that increase the sustainability of our interventions are:
– Working through local partners. We believe that local people knows best how to solve their own problems. Yet organizations may lack the tools, capacity and expertise needed to manage risk efficiently. Therefore through the pilot, we aim at building a platform for linking and learning experiences. These should be tailored solutions that adjust to the specific needs of each community.
– Along the pilot design and implementation we seek to encourage community ownership, and empower the participants to see themselves as the owners of the project.
– A distinguishing feature of our Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction pilot is the emphasis we make on developing skills at community levels, disseminate knowledge, develop practitioners, and establish the roots for long lasting social change.

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