Institutionalising Sustainable CBDRM

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Institutionalising Sustainable Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) is an USAID/OFDA funded project coordinated by the GNDR Secretariat and implemented by GNDR members, aiming to ensure CBDRM is institutionalised by identifying the enabling political, financial and social environment required, building the capacity of actors to work together to put in place these building blocks, and increasing the political commitment for scaling out CBDRM.


Communities have critical knowledge, experience and capacities with regards to building resilience, and have developed innovative approaches to reducing the everyday risks they face. However, these community-based approaches are rarely scaled out nor systematically embedded within national policies and practice. This USAID/OFDA funded project will ensure community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) is institutionalised by identifying the enabling environment (political, financial and social) required, building the capacity of actors to work together to put in place these building blocks, and increasing the political commitment for scaling out CBDRM. By institutionalising CBDRM in country systems, the project will help governments achieve the priorities set out in their implementation plans and contribute towards ensuring that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Agenda 2030 successfully build resilience at the community level.

Project partners

There are 9 project partners – 6 national and 3 regional, coordinated by the GNDR Secretariat. All the partners are GNDR members:

  1. SEEDS India – national (India)
  2. Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) – national (Philippines)
  3. Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) – regional (Thailand)
  4. Reseau MARP (R-MARP) – national (Burkina Faso)
  5. Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE)-Niger – national (Niger)
  6. Environment Development Action in the Third World (ENDA-TM) – regional (Senegal)
  7. Servicio Social de Iglesias Dominicanas (SSID) – national (Dominican Republic)
  8. Caritas Chile – national (Chile)
  9. RET International – regional (Panama)


This 3-year project (July 2017- June 2020) has the following objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of common success factors for the scale out of sustainable CBDRM.
  2. Increased capacity of governments, CSOs and other actors to work together to co-create the enabling environment factors for CBDRM.
  3. Increased political commitments and accountability for the scale out of sustainable CBDRM.


Year 1
  • In year 1, an evaluation framework to assess the sustainability of community-based DRR and early warning systems will be developed. Local information on and good practices of CBDRM will be gathered and analysed to identify critical success factors, characteristics of a supportive enabling environment, and specific gaps and challenges that constrain or accelerate the scale out of CBDRM.
Year 2
  • Based on the findings in year 1, capacity building activities will be undertaken in year 2 to support the collaborative scale out of CDBRM. Exchanges, Leadership Forums, trainings and guide books will aim to strengthen local and national collaborative capacities to increase sharing, co-creation of knowledge and good community-based practices and foster partnerships and joint actions.
Year 3
  • Activities will be undertaken in year 3 to influence governments and other actors to scale out CBDRM, including awareness campaigns, presentations at the Global Platform for DRR and collaboration workshops at the national level.

What constitutes sustainable and institutionalised CBDRM?

Project partners collected a total of 264 case studies of sustainable CBDRM across the 3 regions. These were evaluated for sustainability using an evaluation framework developed collaboratively by the project team. Representatives from the organisations that submitted the top scoring 25 case studies in each region attended regional workshops to identify the factors that contribute to sustainable and institutionalised CBDRM.

Sustainability was defined as the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level or period of time, with characteristics including:

  1. Permanence
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Ownership
  4. Adaptiveness
  5. Inclusion

Institutionalisation was defined as the action of establishing something as a norm in an organisation or culture, with characteristics including:

  1. Policy environment
  2. Structures and mechanisms
  3. Capacities
  4. Culture
  5. Funding
  6. Accountability

The reports from these regional workshops are below and the Global Report will be available shortly.


The project "Institutionalising Sustainable Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)" is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this webpage and those related to the CBDRM project are the responsibility of GNDR and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


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