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Effectiveness and innovative approaches in disaster preparedness


Moira Fratta


Disaster preparedness, an element of DRR and a key factor to increase resilience, still receives a limited amount of consideration and investment (1) . According to a recent study (2), "emergency preparedness and broader DRR" funding in 10 countries in 2011 amount to 3% of the total humanitarian assistance received; while emergency preparedness only, or partially preparedness activities amount to little more than 1%.

This panel aims at demonstrating that although overlooked, disaster preparedness - as a specific, individual element of DRR - carries crucial benefits and that, properly structured, funded and implemented at all levels including local ones, it is an extremely effective measure able to prevent suffering for vulnerable populations and it is a cost-effective investment for donors.

The panel discusses strengths and weaknesses of this approach and debates ways to improving it:
a) by defining its recent evolution;
b) by analysing the current practice of disaster preparedness and presenting case studies that assess its effectiveness at various levels (local, subnational, national and global);
c) through comparative studies, cost-opportunity and financial analysis,
d) through evaluations of DP impact in times of disaster.

The panel will examine as well:
a) innovative methods, including use of technology, novel community practices, disaster preparedness crowdsourcing;
b) evolution of funding mechanisms to include DP; new donor strategies and DP;
c) integration in the development agenda, inclusion in decentralization processes;
d) other new trends in its architecture and implementation.

(1) CERF's Role in Funding of Preparedness, CERF Secretariat, 2011.
(2) Analysis of financing mechanisms and funding streams to enhance emergency preparedness, Development Initiatives, 2011


Politics and Practices of Natural Disasters and Disaster Respons

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