What is Frontline?
This guide offers detailed information about the implementation of the Frontline programme.
Gathers local knowledge of all threats
- Frontline finds out from local people what threats they face
- It starts with individual structured conversations with locals
- It asks about threat, consequences, action and barriers to change
Aggregates data for local, national and global analysis
- At local level it forms the basis for community consultation and reflection
- Supporting action plans and local implementation
- It gathers local knowledge from conversation andFrontline find out from local people what threats they face
Helps create local resilience models
- Understanding local threats helps create local resilience models
- Threats that don’t get high‐profile coverage, where resources are limited
- Relatively simple models can make a big difference
- And Increase shared responsibility and social cohesion
Supports local action and learning
- Local knowledge helps communities to develop local action plans
- How to deal with vulnerabilities and risks with training and technical support
- How to adapt local practices to reduce risk
- And share it with neighbouring communities
- Local knowledge to shape policy and implementation
- Informs local priorities and needs to reduce risk
- Participatory tool to engage in monitoring and planning activities
Monitors Local Progress
- Progress at community level can be monitored over time
- Monitors local perceptions as well as statistics
- Enables comparison between communities
Why is Frontline important?
A Brief History of Frontline
Frontline’s roots go back to 2009 when GNDR launched Views from the Frontline.
Click on the timeline to see the evolution of current Frontline programme.
Back in 2009, GNDR launched Views from the Frontline, which was the first in a series ofbiennial reviews designed to complement national‐level HFA monitoring coordinated by UNISDR of progress towards implementation of the HFA at the local level. The review involved over 7000 people from 48 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Nationally‐formulated policies are not generating widespread systemic changes in local practices. Resources are scarce and considered one of the main constraints to progress although there are existing resources at local levels, which remain untapped. The key to unlocking these local resources is through adopting participatory approaches ‐ civil society, particularly grassroots women’s groups, can play a critical role in facilitating this community engagement.
In 2011, the second VFL review was undertaken. The focus for this review was local risk governance ‐ what’s working and what needs to improve. The scale of the review was was increased to include 20000 people from 69 countries, as well as an additional 36000 responses gathered by mobile phone texts.
57% of people thought that disaster losses had increased over the previous 5 years 8 of the 82 national governments self‐reported “substantial or comprehensive” progress on risk governance indicators In contrast, local governments self‐reported “very limited/some activity but significant scope for improvement.” on local risk governance indicators. ‘Resources’ was the lowest scoring indicator. Allocation of financial resources was highlighted as an indicator of political commitment. Not only communities but local government also reported markedly low progress in this area.
The 2013 review brought together 21500 respondents from 57 low and middle income countries. It revealed persistent trends and gaps in strengthening community resilience and made recommendations for a post‐2015 disaster risk reduction framework to strengthen the resilience of communities to all hazards.
Headline conclusionsRecognising the impact of disasters on lives, livelihoods and assets was a key theme that came from this consultation. Prioritising the most at-risk, poorest and marginalised people while also tackling the underlying causes of people’s vulnerability to disasters was a key area of discussion area. The requirement to mobilise political commitment by focusing on rights, responsibilities and accountabilities and promoting partnerships and public participation was also highlighted.
In 2015 Frontline was launched as the successor to Views from the Frontline. The Frontline programme builds on the findings from VFL and analyses in more detail the Threats, Consequences, Actions and Barriers of disasters and in particular everyday disasters and resilience.
Local impact is a critical measure of progress in the frameworks being established in 2015 and beyond. A vital component of assessing this is Local knowledge of the many threats that affect communities . Frontline will establish baselines during 2015‐2016 as a basis for ongoing monitoring during the currency of these frameworks. To date over 18.000 responses have been collated and analysed.
Data dashboardsFind below a short video-tutorial on how to navigate the Frontline data dashboards, as well as a link to the dashboard itself for you to explore.
Tableau: analysing & presenting the data
Frontline data is made available through an intuitive visual data analysis tool called Tableau:
- If you are familiar with data analysis tools, Tableau will offer familiar ways to sort, filter, aggregate and compare Frontline data from all over the world.
- If you're completely new to data analysis, Tableau is a gentle starting point into the field with a wealth of support and help resources available to you.
Click below to watch this intro video or scroll down to access the Frontline data dashboards in the links further down.
Click on the image below to start exploring the Frontline story.
How to use findings
GNDR has developed some tools to support people to use the Frontline findings in their work, whether that is using the findings to undertake local action planning or as evidence in national advocacy.
Click on each tab to browse and download Frontline tools.
A guide designed to support those organisations collecting Frontline data to undertake participatory action planning making use of the Frontline (and other) findings.
The Local Action Planning Guide is accompanied by a Training of Trainers' manual to help organisations to build the capacities of others to undertake action planning, based on the outcomes of the Frontline findings.
An interactive e-learning course that takes you through the key questions to think about when identifying and presenting Frontline (and other) evidence as part of the advocacy process (see National Advocacy Toolkit). The course includes member stories of good practice.
Impact so far
Select each person to reveal more information of Frontline impact at the local, national and global level...
Frontline is used at the local level to support community-led resilience building. In Kiribati the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific Kiribati (FSPK) has provided a platform to raise awareness and strengthen the capacity of people with disability in dealing with disaster risk and climate change, and a chance to join forces with other organisations so that they may develop the necessary attributes and skills needed to help safeguard both the environment and their own health and livelihood.
The Frontline Brochure is a promotional brochure that provides a comprehensive, yet easy to understand overview of the Frontline programme. This is a great resource for stakeholders that may have a different working knowleged of DRR needs.
A great guide to assist you in running a pilot version of the Frontline methodology.
A great guide to assist you in running a pilot version of the Frontline methodology.
How to Get involved!
Frontline provides a valuable resource and opportunity for action at local, national and international level, based on its unique ability to gather and share local experience of threats, consequences, actions and barriers: providing a unique local perspective on building resilience.
GNDR members, civil society organisations, local and national governments, private enterprise, international organisations and frameworks, and academic and research organisations all have a part to play. Programme Brochure
- GNDR members
- Civil society organisations
- Local and National Governments
- Private enterprise
- International organisations
- Academic and research organisations
GNDR members can make use of the Frontline methodology to work with local communities and forge local level partnerships. Many organisations are involved already and more are invited to join as Frontline extends its scope in 2015-2016 and onwards. Their work also contributes to national and global databases which inform local and national governments and international frameworks as they seek more effective implementation strategies.
Civil society organisations, from community organisations to national and regional platforms and networks can participate in Frontline, making use of the common methodology and its unique benefits. National and regional networks have already used the methodology for their own programmes, extending the Frontline dataset for everyone's use. The methodology is open source and GNDR encourage organisations and networks to make use of it.
Local and National Governments can collaborate with civil society to use Frontline's unique local level information source, disaggregated from national down to community level to inform strategic resource allocation and implementation at every level. Ensuring that policies and budgets are shaped to address the clearly identified threats which households and communities face.
Private enterprise increasingly recognises the need to operate sustainably within resilientcontexts which include their operating territories, production facilities and customer bases. Supporting Frontline provides a valuable information source informing their strategy for sustainable operations in all global contexts.
International organisations and frameworks concerned with resilience, in particular with Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Adaptation, are invited to support this programme which, founded on the capacity and experience of GNDR and the six years of development work lying behind Frontline, provides a unique source of local knowledge which can provide valuable local level monitoring post-2015.
Academic and research organisations can access a unique dynamically growing and updating database of local knowledge to deepen understanding of risk and resilience. GNDR already collaborates with universities in the UK and South Africa and invites further collaborations to make use of this unique source of risk and resilience knowledge.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and details on how to get involved.