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Expanding the Ranks of Qualified Disaster Risk Reduction Specialists

04 Dec 2014

imageA woman in a UNDP cash-for-work scheme clearing rubble in typhoon-affected Tacloban, Philippines

Lund, Sweden – Participants from across the UN System gather in Lund this week for an inter-agency training on better disaster risk reduction. In total, 24 participants from five UN agencies participated in the training, which was organized by Lund University and the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI).

CADRI, an inter-agency initiative comprised of six UN agencies, aims to strengthen technical capacities at regional and country-levels, and to foster coherence across UN programming. In addition to trainings for UN disaster risk reduction portfolio managers, CADRI enhances the skills and capabilities of Member States to plan and execute successful disaster risk reduction programmes.

“We simply do not have enough disaster risk reduction specialists globally”, explains UNDP’s Hachim Badji, the Coordinator of CADRI. “Never before has disaster risk reduction been so highly prioritized globally, both by governments as well as by the agencies that support them. However, implementing the concrete measures that protect people and communities can be a challenge. CADRI is all about working together and building that capacity across the UN system and across the globe.”

Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants were taught tried and tested best-practices in capacity development for disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. The ultimate goal is to help them support countries to assess their capacities and establish proper frameworks for addressing gaps.

“This workshop familiarizes us with an inter-agency methodology developed through the CADRI partnership. My mind has been opened to many things I was not aware of, especially regarding all the necessary steps and the importance of the country-level process”, says Nicolas Wasunna, a Regional Emergency Specialist from the UNICEF Regional Office of Eastern and Southern Africa. “CADRI is a facilitator. The national plans of action that the CADRI member agencies produce, following an inter-agency process, help countries address DRR in a coherent manner”.

Matthew McIlvenna, from the World Food Programme Regional Bureau of East Africa, appreciates the joint, inter-agency nature of CADRI, and stresses that its value is in the fact that it brings the UN System together to work in a coherent manner. “CADRI is not an entity in itself, it is a partnership. But the best thing is that it supports a government-owned and government-led process.” Mcllvenna notes.

Together, the CADRI member agencies have developed a service package on DRR capacity assessments and programme planning. Thus far, the package has been rolled out in 20 priority countries.

Over the last decade, UNDP has expended US$ 1.7 billion helping partners to achieve the priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action. For more information, read our impact report: Protecting Development from Disasters: UNDP’s support to the HFA.