What we do
Building Resilient Communities in Fragile Contexts
The frequency and severity of disasters caused by natural hazards and/or by armed conflict are increasing. This is aggravated by climate change, which has a multiplier effect on conflict, causing tensions over natural resources, water, and land. Conflict and displacement diminish people’s capacity to cope with disaster risks related to natural hazards. In fragile contexts, the government’s capacity to adequately address people’s needs may be weak. We therefore work with a multi-stakeholder approach, linking and building capacities of communities, governments and other actors.
The overall goal of Cordaid’s Resilience program is to assist disaster-prone communities to become more resilient to disaster risks, in the face of climate change, environmental degradation and conflict risk. Doing this, we are enabling livelihood security, peaceful co-existence and sustainable inclusive growth.
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Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR)
We increase capacities of communities to become disaster resilient. CMDRR brings people together to analyse and address common disaster risks, starting from the community’s own knowledge of recurring hazard events. This includes training in CMDRR concepts and processes, participatory risk mapping, contingency and action planning, community organization, implementation of selected resilience measures as well as monitoring and evaluation. Resilience measures can include, among many others, ensuring access to clean drinking water during floods or draughts, reinforcement of river banks, strengthening shelters against natural influences, and ensuring alternative livelihoods to secure income.
Half of humanity lives in cities and in the next 30 years, this will increase to at least 70%. Nearly one billion people live in slums and/or in informal settlements. Changing hazard patterns in combination with the conditions in slums – poor infrastructure, high poverty rates and complex social structures – significantly increase disaster risks. Cordaid’s risk-focused participatory neighborhood planning and action approach, implemented in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, strengthens resilience in urban settings.
District development plans rarely integrate disaster risks. And communities living in vulnerable districts are hardly involved in the planning process. Therefore, we support district staff in making development and contingency plans, and ensuring that the district has the capacity and tools to implement these plans, and reduce the risk of disasters. These plans must take the hazards in the district into consideration, and involve communities in the planning and implementation process. District planning is complementary to community level development.
To break the cycle of disasters and dependence on emergency aid, Cordaid works with disaster-affected communities as soon as possible after the emergency phase. Our interventions not only replace damaged assets, but also strengthen the capacity to cope with recurring hazards avoiding them to turn into disasters, and to bounce back quicker should a new disaster occur.
Partners for Resilience
In order to promote CMDRR, urban resilience and district resilience, we work with the Partners for Resilience (PfR) strategic partnership. PfR is an international alliance, consisting of Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and Wetlands International and around 60 local partner organisations. From 2016 to 2020, PfR focuses on policy dialogue to integrate disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and ecosystem management in international, national and community level programs and policies. PfR works in ten countries in Central America, Africa and Asia.