Role of CSOs in coherence

The Role of CSOs in influencing coherence is a GIZ-funded projected aiming to strengthen coherence with regard to planning, implementing and reporting disaster risk management in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and other international agendas, such as Agenda 2030 and Habitat III. 


In following through the global development agendas such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), COP21’s Paris Climate agreement, WHS commitment to actions and the New Urban Agenda, there is an issue of the lack of understanding of the commonalities and overlaps of these agreements.

Coherence will serve to strengthen existing risk fragility and resilience frameworks for multi-hazard assessments, and aims to develop a dynamic, local, preventive, and adaptive urban governance system at the global, national, and local levels. Specific emphasis is apparent to support resilience-building measures, and a shift away from managing crises to proactively reducing their risks.

In order to respond efficiently to all of the post-2015 agreements (including but not limited to the SFDRR, SDGs, Paris Climate Agreement etc.), effective use of best available knowledge, innovative thinking, leadership, coordination mechanisms and partnerships are vital.

Synergies between policies, programmes and institutions, need to be highlighted and supported by the alignment of actions. This will require the engagement of stakeholders at all levels, as well as the breaking down of traditional silos to be replaced by more integrated partnerships that reflect a more holistic approach to risk management.

Since the implementation at the local level in each country lies with the local government department, there is a need for coherence for better understanding of how DRM fits in order to achieve these targets. The idea of coherence at the local level between these agendas is a novel one and, although local governments have the responsibility for implementation the global development frameworks, CSOs play an important part in realising this objective as, in many cases, they are the ones closely connected to the reality on the ground.

About the project

GNDR aspires to provide a perspective from the lens of civil society on the ‘ideal coherence’ of the various global development frameworks.

In doing so, we will engage our network of civil society organisations in providing inputs on:

a) the roles of CSOs in coherence

b) steps CSOs can take to support coherence in DRM

c) strengthening of capacities of both the local government and civil society organisations in supporting coherence

d) need for advocating at global platforms to build commitment to support coherence.


This 1-year project (October 2018-November 2019) has the following objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of what coherent disaster risk management looks like
  2. Increase reflection/awareness of coherence by local communities, local CSOs and local government
  3. Increase understanding of what CSOs should do to build coherence in disaster risk management
  4. Increase capacities of CSOs and local governments
  5. Increase commitment/accountability to support coherence


 The project "Role of CSOs influencing Coherence" is made possible by the generous support of the Global Initiative of Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM). The contents of this webpage and those related to the Coherence project are the responsibility of GNDR and do not necessarily reflect the views of GIDRM or German Government (GIZ).


As part of this project, a discussion paper on ‘what is coherence’ was developed and is available for download below. More than 70 case studies were collected and are currently being analysed to incorporate findings into a paper on ‘the role of CSOs in coherence’. In addition, multi-stakeholder focus group discussions and key informant interviews were held in Mexico and the Philippines to deepen the understanding and validate the initial findings from the cases collected.

Upcoming activities include:

  • Regional trainings and webinars on the cookbook for interested CSOs and members
  • Cookbook webinar
  • Partner Forum on coherence

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