Partners’ Forum

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How can global actors support coherence at the local level?

Date: 23 October 2019 
 2PM - 5PM
Location: Maison de la Paix, Geneva


  • To increase commitment and accountability of global actors to support coherent action


  • To raise awareness of what CSOs can do towards coherence at the local level
  • To identify ways in which an enabling environment can be created to support CSOs’ role in coherence

Prospective Participants

A range of international actors will be invited including institutional donors, UN organisations, INGOs, academia and local government networks. Some grassroots civil society organisations will also be in attendance to share their experiences. 


  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Coherence at the local level – successful recipes and common ingredients
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30AM: Challenges faced by CSOs at the local level
  • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Coherence at the national level – is it being achieved and how?
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30PM: Roundtable discussion:
    • What can we, as global actors, do to support CSOs to play these roles in coherence? What can we do to help scale out these recipes?
    • What challenges do we face in creating this enabling environment for coherence?
    • What role can a global network play to overcome these barriers?

Reserve a place

To reserve a place at this free event please contact:

Mohammad Abdur Rouf
Regional Development Coordinator Asia & Pacific, GNDR
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If we work to achieve coherence across international frameworks, we can reduce risk and build resilient communities around the world.

Governments have committed to implementing a range of international frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai Framework for DRR, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. Taken together, these frameworks reflect the range of risks and needs of a community. But often they are implemented in isolation, creating inefficiencies and ignoring the connection between needs and the underlying causes of risk.

Coherent policies and practices take into consideration the broader, interconnected needs of a community and the means to satisfy. Coordinated action to realise the international frameworks can help to avoid duplication, maximise gains and manage compromises. As each framework seeks to build resilience using different timeframes, geographical focuses, scales and sectors, coherence offers a means to address the complexity of the real-world challenges faced by communities.

There are examples of where coherence is happening at the local level; where extreme weather hazards, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation and rapid urbanisation, to name a few, are being addressed together. Civil society organisations (CSOs) have a major role to play in facilitating coherence. Their close connection to communities means they’re often trusted and have knowledge of the reality on-the-ground. CSOs play multiple roles: capacity builders, implementers, knowledge brokers and advocates.

GNDR has collated best practice examples of CSOs implementing local-level coherence, and drawn out the most important ingredients for success. These are highlighted in GNDR’s Role of CSOs in Coherence project, funded by Global Initiative of Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), commissioned to the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, for CSOs to play their role effectively, and for coherence initiatives to be scaled, a supportive enabling environment is needed.

This Partners’ Forum, organised jointly by GNDR, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the German Government, brings together international actors to discuss and commit to strengthening the structures, mechanisms, and capacities that support CSOs in their on-going effort to coherently address the complex realities faced by communities.



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