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In 2018-2023, the CADRI Partnership will contribute to promote country risk information systems that are multi-hazard, multi-sectoral, better integrated and accessible to users at all levels, complemented by development of joint research to build evidence on return on investment in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA).

In the past decade, the CADRI Partnership:

  • Facilitated the development of national plans guiding implementation of DRR priorities in 16 countries; 
  • Accelerated or facilitated legislative, institutional or policy reform in 6 countries;
  • Contributed to enhanced skills and awareness of DRR in 28 countries;
  • Facilitated preparedness planning and development of contingency plans in 5 countries;
  • Enhanced coherence amongst government, NGO, bilateral and multilateral partners;
  • Facilitated UN joint programming.


img_impactThe CADRI Partnership supports governments to lead planning processes that are risk-informed at national and local level and are responsive to the needs of vulnerable groups in development and emergency settings. This is achieved through facilitation of more inclusive, better integrated multi-sectoral planning processes at national and/or local level and skills development to integrate DRR and CCA into national, sectoral and local planning and implementation processes and preparedness for response and recovery. Similarly, UN development and humanitarian programming frameworks will be better risk informed through more coherent, multi-sector, integrated programmatic frameworks to reduce disaster and climate risks as well as risk-informed UN programmes and tools for emergency preparedness (including readiness), with both a conflict and a gender sensitive lens.Following are flagship results and achievements and examples of ongoing support.

National plans guiding implementation of DRR priorities

In 16 countries, the CADRI Partnership provided neutral facilitation and expertise to support the development of national plans or strategies to prioritize DRR investment across socio-economic sectors. All such plans and strategies were informed by comprehensive assessments of needs and demands at national and local level. In 11 of these countries, the national plans are undergoing implementation. For instance, in Georgia, the planning process resulted in the articulation of a national DRR strategy and action plan 2017-2020 which is undergoing implementation with financing from the Green Climate Fund.

Legislative, institutional or policy reform accelerated

The CADRI Partnership engagement helped create momentum around the DRR agenda and accelerate legislative, institutional or policy reform. For instance, in Cote d’Ivoire a spin-off of the CADRI support was the approval of a decree establishing a new institutional structure for DRR. In Namibia, recommendations have informed the revision of the national DRR policy.

Skill development

The CADRI Partnership has equipped more than 2000 national stakeholders with the methodology and skills to deepen their understanding of disaster risk reduction in their respective sector.  This was complemented by on-demand specialized training to national institutions. In Ecuador, 27 government institutions were trained on the CADRI sector assessment tools and the government later applied this methodology to evaluate its DRM system in 14 socio-economic sectors. In Serbia, CADRI facilitated a series of technical training and planning workshops to support the Ministry of Agriculture define DRM priorities for the agriculture sector.

Preparedness planning

The CADRI Partnership deployed specialized expertise in key sectors such as WASH, Health, Infrastructure, Food security and Nutrition, to facilitate preparedness system strengthening. This was complemented by Member States expertise deployed through the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) mechanism in five countries: Guinea, Jordan, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Zimbabwe. A spin off the CADRI engagement has been specialized training of municipalities on emergency preparedness and response processes and tools in Guinea or the development of the national contingency plan in São Tomé & Príncipe. 

Coherence and alignment strengthened

Since 2010 the CADRI Partnership has spearheaded a methodology based on joint planning and analysis that is inclusive and participative with the view to bring all stakeholders, including the UN System, aligned around a set of common priority interventions. In Chad, a new coordination mechanism was institutionalized, bringing together Government, NGOs, UN System, bilateral and multilateral partners to align their interventions with a focus on 3 clear national priorities: integrating sectoral early warning systems data sets, risk profiling and multi hazard contingency planning. 

UN joint programming facilitated

The CADRI Partnership country engagement has often led to a recognition that the UN System had to step up its commitment to reduce disaster risk across the humanitarian and development realms, and work in a more coordinated manner, as opposed to the “traditional” approach of individual agency programming. The experience from Namibia is illustrative of the pivotal role that the UN agencies can play “delivering as one” in supporting the implementation of specific Government priorities through joined-up action. CADRI helped raise the profile of the UN System, and in certain contexts assisted the UN to position itself as a partner of choice for the Government in DRR.


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CADRI Bulletin 2017

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