Who we are
CADRI was formally launched in June 2007 at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, with a mission to increase capacity development for disaster risk reduction (DRR) at global, regional and local levels. We are an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP/BCPR), the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR secretariat).
CADRI succeeds the Disaster Management Training Programme (DMTP), a global initiative that trained UN, government and civil society professionals between 1991 and 2006. Building upon the lessons learned from the DMTP, CADRI aims to make significant advances in how we understand and develop sustainable capacity.
CADRI brings together three core organizations – UNDP, UNISDR secretariat and OCHA – in a collaborative mission to ‘deliver as one’ on DRR. Our joint mandate covers the full spectrum of disaster risk management – preparedness, response, recovery and reduction – and we are guided by the five priorities identified in the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), 2005.
Our work is organized into three main areas:
- To support countries to make DRR a national and local priority.
- To enable UN and regional organizations to deliver on DRR.
- To advise learning and training organizations and practitioners.
Our flagship products include:
Advisory services: We advise governments, national institutions and UN entities on DRR strategies and programming. Please refer to our Advisory services section for more information.
Tools and materials: We assist in mapping tools and materials available, facilitating access to them and developing new tools and materials when and where there is a need. Please refer to our Tools and resources section for more information.
Facilitation services: We seek to enhance the capacity of national platforms and disaster management agencies for DRR, and to strengthen the coordination activities of UN Country Teams (UNCTs).
Information and networking: We provide greater access to resources and to existing communities of practice. Please refer to our Knowledge exchange section for more information.