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Strategic partnerships and capacity building

The Hyogo Framework for Action identified partnerships as a potentially effective strategy for disaster risk reduction. The Sendai Framework and guidance develops this with practical detail.

Developing partnerships with multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral institutions is more likely to lead to a comprehensive DRR strategy.

This can be achieved through existing networks between government ministries and agencies, the private sector, academia and research institutes, civil society organisations, community-based organisations, inter-state and inter-governmental organisations.

Broad capacity development

Before and during the development of national DRR strategies, governments need to take account of existing functional and technical capacity (UNISDR 2018). Gaps identified need to be addressed as part of such a strategy. These could be in many different areas:

Functional capacity:

  • Support planning
  • Leadership
  • Resource management
  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation

Technical capacity:

  • Technical expertise
  • Knowledge on the subject matter

Hard capacities:

  • Technical and functional
  • Explicit and tacit knowledge and methodologies
  • Organisational structures, systems, procedures and policies

Soft capacities:

  • Social and relational skills
  • Organisational culture
  • Leadership
  • Knowledge and experience
  • Analysis
  • Organisational adaptability
  • Flexibility

Your task

Read chapter one ‘Understanding Capacity Development Obstacles & Challenges’ in:

UNISDR (2018)‘Strategic approach to capacity development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework [online] available from https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/58211 [18 December 2019]

In your opinion, what is the most significant challenge to developing the strategic capacity for DRR? You may choose to consider this in the context of your home country or somewhere you have worked or visited.


References

UNISDR (2019) Strategic approach to capacity development for the implementation of the Sendai Framework [online] available from https://www.unisdr.org/we/inform/publications/58211 [18 December 2019]

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