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Linking good practice community-based disaster risk management with government policy and practice

2007 Available in English

A strong national policy framework is essential to support and scale-up Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). This is especially crucial in the context of global climate change, which is expected to increase the frequency and severity of hazards. It is increasingly recognised by NGOs, government and institutional donors that to achieve this ‘scaling up’ it is important not only to demonstrate good practice at the local level, but also to identify, and seek to address, the constraints on investment in CBDRM faced by national governments.

Consequently, between 2006 and 2007 Tearfund undertook an extensive piece of research among communities and governments in South, South East and Central Asia and Africa on CBDRM. This was done in two separate phases. Phase 1 focused on identifying good practice CBDRM, while Phase 2 focused on identifying challenges in linking CBDRM with government policy and practice, and methods to overcome them. The combined results are included in this report, and can be used by civil society, governments and institutional donors to generate increased governmental support for CBDRM.

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