December 17, 2013
DARA has presented the second report of the Risk Reduction Index (RRI), this time carried out in West Africa, in Madrid today.
The RRI aims to help governments, civil society and other actors understand the underlying risks that render communities more vulnerable to natural hazards, so that they can be addressed from a more integrated perspective. The report provides an analysis of the capacities and conditions for Disaster Risk Reduction in six West African countries: Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Niger and Senegal across four risk drivers: environment and natural resources; socioeconomic conditions and livelihoods; land use and built environment; and governance.
The RRI has identified links between underlying risk factors and increased vulnerability, raising awareness around the need for greater risk management initiatives, and has highlighted the need to work with regional organisations to address cross-border challenges.
The event panel was composed of international and national experts on disaster risk reduction: Belén Paley, RRI Head Researcher; Carlos Muñoz, Regional DRR Advisor, Oxfam, Great Britain; Rafael de Prado, Head of Emergency Department, Humanitarian Aid Office, AECID; Francisco Rey, Codirector, IECAH; and Bina Desai, Coordinator Policy and Research, Global Assessment Report, UNISDR.
The panel shared their insights on the report and exchanged views on current trends in the sector, including:
- Disaster Risk Reduction in conflict settings
- Hyogo Framework for Action 2
- DRR in the Sahel
- DRR in urban settings