The need for effective disaster risk management is greater than ever and demands a change in the way we work. As agreed in the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015‑2030, we must go beyond preparedness and response, so that people do not remain in a vicious cycle of poverty and disaster. We must be inclusive and prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable. We must empower communities to plan and drive change, and reinforce governments’ responsibility to provide their people with a protective and enabling environment. And, we must do all we can to promote sustainability, from the social, environmental and funding perspectives.
The Guide to Facilitating Community‑Led Disaster Risk Management is the result of a joint initiative between Catholic Relief Services, the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and Caritas Australia. This guide will support you as you promote a community‑led, inclusive and accountable approach to managing disaster risk, whether you are working on a development program, a disaster recovery intervention or on a specific disaster risk management project. Its step‑by‑step instructions, examples, tips and lessons learned by experienced community mobilizers and facilitators are relevant for both urban and rural communities, and to addressing risks created by slow‑ and rapid‑onset hazards.
Provides an overview of Community Led Disaster Risk Management (CLDRM) along with highlighting the 3 key principles which guide the entire approach. Short case studies are included detailing examples of how to start-up CLDRM projects.
Provides step-by-step description of how to prepare for and implement the two processes of CLDRM which fall under Stage 1:
- Building Inclusive Foundations and
- Reach out for buy-in.
Short case studies are included detailing examples of what Stage 1 looks like in different contexts.
Provides step-by-step description of how to prepare for and implement the four processes of CLDRM which fall under Stage 2:
- Understanding cycles and trends,
- Understand our past, present and future,
- Understand the geography of risk
- Prioritize community challenges
Short case studies are included detailing examples of what Stage 2 looks like in different contexts.
Provides step-by-step description of how to prepare for and implement the four processes of CLDRM which fall under Stage 3:
- Deepen understanding of challenges,
- Agree on solutions,
- Develop a community led disaster risk management action plan,
- Track progress and learn.
Short case studies are included detailing examples of what Stage 3 looks like in different contexts.
The annex of the document which provides a series of resources which can help contextualize the 10 CLDRM processes. This includes methods to integrate additional sectors like Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management, Shelter and Settlements, and WASH include the CLDRM approach.
Additionally, resources to improve participation of vulnerable groups and mainstream protection throughout the CLDRM approach are included.