Programming principles

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National ownership and leadership

Ownership is the pre-condition of lasting capacity development impact. The CADRI Partnership’s approach to capacity development is built upon the principle of national ownership and leadership and promotes the effective exercise of government’s authority over DRM policies and activities. The CADRI Partnership comes in a facilitation role in support of a government-led inclusive and participative process to articulate the national disaster risk reduction agenda and align partners’ interventions with national priorities. CADRI provides governments with analytical and prioritization tools to support such process. 

Rights-based approach

A human rights-based approach is another strategy to promote the sustainability of capacity development The CADRI Partnership promotes a human rights-based approach to capacity development by promoting an inclusive and participatory process to ensure that the needs and demands of the most marginalized are reflected in DRM strategies. CADRI supports countries develop stronger risk governance systems to hold accountable those who have a duty to act. 

Partnership to strengthen coherence and impact 

Building strategic partnerships increases impact and effectiveness of capacity development by reducing overlap and identifying synergies. The CADRI Partnership’s approach and methodology for capacity development is built upon its ability as a neutral broker to bring partners around a common set of national priorities. 

Context specificity and tailored offer of services 

The CADRI Partnership offers a tailor-made menu of capacity development services. Recognizing that different countries are at different stages of evolution of their DRR and CCA practices and have different socio-economic and governance context, the CADRI Partnership offers a flexible menu of services from which government can select based on their needs. Under the new programmatic phase, the CADRI Partnership will develop a capacity development approach tailored to work in fragile context, as well as a capacity development tailored to the local level. 

Conflict sensitivity 

Recognizing the nexus between climate change, disasters, displacement and conflict, the CADRI Partnership implements a conflict sensitive approach as a critical element of programming in risk reduction. Going beyond the Do No harm principle, the CADRI Partnership integrates conflict prevention in its capacity development approach. Firstly, the facilitation of participatory and inclusive policy making processes is in essence a conflict sensitive approach by ensuring that right holders can voice their concerns and demands and are empowered to play a role in risk reduction and by promoting dialogue between State institutions and their constituencies.  Secondly the CADRI Partnership capacity development approach promotes the strengthening of the risk governance system across sectors and levels, in public and private sectors with the strong focus on strengthening accountability of duty bearers to avoid situations of growing grievances during disasters. Furthermore, the CADRI Partnership will apply a conflict sensitivity lens to DRR and CCA programming, for instance through promoting a principled approach to natural resource governance, through the promotion of non-discriminatory practices in emergency response, through putting emphasis on migration and displacement management, through promoting equal access to social services and natural resources, through setting standards for inclusive post disaster recovery programming,  and more generally through promoting people-centered DRR and CCA. Under the new programmatic phase, the CADRI Partnership tools and services need to be significantly strengthened to include and track conflict sensitivity considerations. 

Gender-responsiveness of interventions 

Gender equality and women’s empowerment will continue to be pursued as a strategy through promoting the systematic production of disaggregated age and sex data with regard to risks and losses; the facilitation of gender sensitive capacity and needs assessment; taking into account specific needs relating to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence; the promotion of women participation in multisector national and local planning and prioritization processes; and support to the design of gender sensitive risk informed strategies and emergency preparedness, response and recovery plans. Under the new programmatic phase, the CADRI Partnership tools will be strengthened to more systematically integrate gender equity. 

Increasing collective and individual agency programming impact 

The CADRI Partnership interventions are geared towards increasing the collective impact of the UN System delivering as one, as well as the impact of individual agencies programming in DRR and CCA. Through promoting synergies between sectors, for instance between the health, environment, water and agriculture ministries, the CADRI Partnership approach can have a multiplier effect and thus increase the impact of individual agency programming. 

Iterative knowledge production and dissemination 

The CADRI Partnership will pursue knowledge management and innovation activities as a core principle of its service delivery. Knowledge production and dissemination based on country experience and good practice is of clear value added for the CADRI Partnership due to the width and depth of partners’ work on capacity development across all sector and levels. The CADRI Partnership has a comparative advantage to pull knowledge, experience, practices and resources together to inform future capacity development action, and to help integrate learning for improvement.


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CADRI Bulletin 2017

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