IFRC

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2012



Every year on 13 October, the world marks the International Day for Risk Reduction.

Reducing disaster risk is a priority for the IFRC. We believe that by tackling vulnerability we can significantly reduce the risk of disaster and we can build safer and more resilient communtities. We do this through a combination of disaster preparedness and community-led mitigation measures.

The focus this year is on the positive impact that women and girls can have on their families, communities and nations. You'll find a selection of stories from Red Cross and Red Crescent societes around the world highlighting this over on the right. You'll also find a link to a great project created by the Thai Red Cross Society which introduces some innovative games designed to teach children about the value of disaster risk reduction.

You can read about some of the efforts by National Societies to engage with these issues over on our blog.

Publications

Empowering communities to prepare for cyclones - A case study from Bangladesh
An assessment eight years after the end of a pioneering 6-year community-based disaster preparedness programme in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, showed clear evidence that targeted communities still took disaster risk-reduction steps whenever necessary. The assessment identified a number of lessons to help ensure community-based disaster risk reduction programming has a sustainable impact, even years after the end of externally-supported activities.


Building Capacity in Disaster Risk Management - Lessons learned in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Over the past few years the Red Cross Society of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) developed a disaster management programme to reduce the risk of natural disasters and to help communities protect themselves and overcome the effects of disasters. Many lessons were learned in developing a holistic approach covering disaster management planning and organizational preparedness, community preparedness and disaster risk reduction, and disaster response and recovery.


Assessing Quality and Cost Benefit - A Philippines Case Study
An impact evaluation and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) was performed on three community-based DRR programmes implemented by the Philippines National Red Cross in three provinces. The study aimed to document the impact and cost effectiveness of the programmes, as well as test CBA approaches, leading to enhanced evidence-based knowledge and tools to improve future programming.


Assessing Quality and Cost Benefit - A Philippines Case Study
An impact evaluation and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) was performed on three community-based DRR programmes implemented by the Philippines National Red Cross in three provinces. The study aimed to document the impact and cost effectiveness of the programmes, as well as test CBA approaches, leading to enhanced evidence-based knowledge and tools to improve future programming.


Find out more about DRR and play
UN Disaster Risk Reduction page

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