Global Summit 2020: Agenda

This is currently a draft agenda and when sessions are confirmed this page will be updated.

Language guide

Many of the sessions at the Global Summit will be delivered with simultaneous interpretation. In the agenda below the main language of each session is indicated after the title, with simultaneous translation languages indicated in brackets after.

  • EN: English
  • ES: Spanish
  • FR: French
  • AR: Arabic

Day One: Monday 16 March

Goal 1: Strengthen the collaboration, mobilisation and solidarity of CSOs

Today we lay the foundations needed to achieve the outcomes under goal one of our strategy, including the culture, capacities, structures and accountability for collaboration.

Morning session

Interactive introduction to GNDR’s new 2020-25 strategy

Afternoon sessions

1. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • Collaboration between government actors and CSOs to incorporate local risks in development policy and practice – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • Inter-University Platform for Disaster Risk Management: A case study of successful partnership between academia and CSOs to build disaster resilience – ES [EN/FR/AR]
  • Working across national borders: a problem-solving session to explore how to raise early warnings across borders, share resources and take preventative measures – EN

2. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • Accelerating Localisation Through Partnerships: Partnership practices that are best valued by local organisations when working with INGOs – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • Collaborative Mentorship: An approach to community mobilisation and collective problem solving towards stronger organisations – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • The Great Green Wall Initiative: Cross-regional collaboration to reduce and prepare for drought, desertification and dust storms – EN



Day Two: Tuesday 17 March

Goal 2: Champion a localisation movement

Today we start preparing the network for the transformation needed to shift disaster risk decision making power down to local actors. This includes strengthening organisational capacities to lead, developing campaign skills to demonstrate the benefits, and monitoring local inclusion.

Morning session

What does ideal localisation look like and what do we need to do to get there? Our vision, challenges, examples and practical tools.

Afternoon sessions 

1. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • PRO-Resilience: Building local capacities to reduce disaster risk through food security – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • Generating local resource mobilisation: ensuring local community buy-in (using a case study from Nepal) – EN
  • Demonstrating yourself to donors: Two platforms to showcase your work and credibility – EN [FR/ES/AR]

2. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • Driving Changes Using Effective Advocacy Strategies – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • Participatory mapping: identification of vulnerable areas and hazards and appropriate risk reduction measures – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • The role of anthropology in risk-informed development: strengthening local capabilities whilst upholding progressive cultural values – EN



Day Three: Wednesday 18 March

Regionalising our strategy

Today we will have a reality check, by visiting a community working on these themes on the ground, and discussing in our regional groups what will be the priorities for our part of the world. 

Morning session

Field visit in Cairo to a community project taking a coherent approach to building resilience.

Afternoon sessions

1. Reflections on the challenges and opportunities to risk-informed development in Cairo and our own countries.

2. Regional discussions on implementation of the new strategy: expectations and priorities for Regional Advisory Groups.



Day Four: Thursday 19 March

Goal 3: Strive for risk-informed development

Today we will begin to look at how to do risk-informed development in the 6 contexts we have collectively identified as most critical for the next 5 years. This will help inform GNDR’s future research priorities and capacity building directions.

Morning session

The Coherence Conundrum: role playing exercise to practice different actors putting ingredients into action

Afternoon sessions 

1. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • The application of Eco-DRR/CCA to build local resilience – EN [FR/ES/AR]
  • Reducing risk and adapting to climate change in primary education – ES [EN/FR/AR]
  • Collective problem solving: How can we mitigate the impacts of climate change on agriculture and soil? – EN

2. Parallel member-led sessions:

  • How to enhance community resilience in conflict contexts? A draft toolkit – EN [FR ES AR]
  • Transforming capacities of rural, indigenous, and Afro-descent women to prepare for climate change and disasters – ES [EN/FR/AR]
  • Anticipatory fundraising: Mobilising funds for response based on forecast, impact and vulnerability assessments – EN


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