October 30, 2014
DARA presented a new country case study of the Risk Reduction Index (RRI), carried out in Burkina Faso. The Risk Reduction Index 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 case study provides an analysis of the capacities and conditions for Disaster Risk Reduction in Burkina Faso across four risk drivers: environment and natural resources; socioeconomic context; land use and the built environment; and governance.
The focus of the RRI is on measuring local perceptions about underlying risk. These were measured through a questionnaire, divided into the four risk drivers, administered in three representative regions, with respondents representing a range of sectors and experience. Regional level workshops in each of the 3 regions were carried out to present and validate the findings generated through the data collection and analysis. A final workshop at national level was conducted to scale-up local perceptions and engage policy-makers and representatives from national, regional and international institutions in the discussions.