Disasters hit the poorest the hardest. They often live in the most dangerous locations and are most susceptible to natural disasters, such as floods or droughts. They are also the ones who will have to leave behind their homes, jobs and farmland when fleeing from acts of war. Often they do not have anything or anyone to fall back on.
Our key areas of work are:
Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction
We increase capacities of local people and reduce the risks of hazards. It includes training in CMDRR, risk mapping, contingency and action planning, community organization, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Communities face specific (potential) hazards, have specific livelihood strategies, are situated in specific ecosystems and are part of a larger governance system. Most programs are situated in areas which suffer from either too much water (loods, tsunami, storms) or too little water (droughts).
We are confronted with humanitarian crises worldwide. There is an urgent need to continue and expand our emergency response and early recovery program in West and Central Africa and the Middle East. We continue our resilient recovery programs in Nepal and the Philippines.
Half of humanity nowadays lives in cities. Cities in developing countries are growing most rapidly. Nearly one billion people live in slums. Changing hazard patterns in combination with the conditions in slums, like poor infrastructure, high poverty rates, complex social structures increase disaster risk in slum areas. Cordaid focuses on creating Urban Resilience through a risk-focused participatory neighborhood urban planning approach.
District development plans rarely integrate disaster risks. Communities living in the districts are hardly involved in the planning process. Therefore Cordaid focuses on District Resilience. We support district staff in making development and contingency plans. These plans need to take the hazards in the district into consideration and need to involve communities in the planning and implementation process. District planning is complementary to Community development and contingency plans.
Partners for Resilience
Cordaid is a member of the Partners for Resilience Alliance (PfR), together with NL Red Cross, Red Cross Climate Centre, CARE Netherlands and Wetlands International. The PfR Alliance has developed an approach that integrates Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaption (CCA), and Ecosystem Management & Restoration (EMR). This will significantly boost people’s disaster resilience.
From 2016 to 2020 the PfR Alliance will focus more on policy dialogue for integrated risk management in ten selected countries in Central America, Africa and Asia.