CSOs can play a unique role in ensuring local level impact. They benefit from strong relationships with communities; relationships with international, regional and national policymakers; positioning at the local level as well as global reach; human resources; and knowledge and experience from the field.
Since launching in 2007, GNDR –the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Risk Reduction– has gathered more than 1250 members across the world. These members play different roles. Six core roles can be identified:
- Implementer - Delivering local level action in partnership with the state and other groups
- Capacity Builder - Strengthening capabilities at the local level
- Knowledge Broker - Identifying, developing and sharing knowledge, expertise and innovative practices
- Connector - Building bridges across different groups and scales to strengthen local level engagement
- Monitor - Ensuring greater accountability through monitoring and reporting local level progress
- Advocate - Mobilising and standing up for the needs and priorities of marginalised people
Read more about what these roles look like in practice and in the context of the new Post-2015 DRR Framework in our Civil Society Implementation Plan.
However, CSOs cannot do these things alone. Depending on the context, financial commitments, technical support and human resources may be required from governments and other groups. GNDR is therefore calling on national and local governments to work with CSOs and take these next steps together:
- Have a reality check together. Use GNDR's Reality Checklist to develop and assess implementation strategies for the Post–2015 DRR Framework.
- Sit down together and identify activities they can partner on, including the actions outlined in the Civil Society Implementation Plan.
- Collaborate to use Frontline, a local level participatory monitoring tool that gathers local perspectives on risk and resilience. For more information see www.gndr.org/frontline
- Share planned and ongoing activities that are creating local level impact and learn from what's going on in other parts of the world at www.gndr.org