Views from the Frontline 2019

man and woman wearing asian nepali clothes VFL: Bridging the gap between the local and the national level monitoring of the SFDRR

Views from the Frontline (VFL) 2019 is a forward-looking monitoring process that supports inclusive people-centred approaches to DRR. It is designed to support the local implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and other people-centred aspects of the sustainable development and climate change frameworks.

What is Views from the Frontline?

Views from the Frontline (VFL) remains the largest independent global review of disaster risk reduction at the local level. In 2009, GNDR launched this ground-breaking global monitoring initiative that involved the mobilisation of over 500 organisations across 69 countries to lead a participatory local monitoring process measuring the progress of UN and governments in strengthening community resilience. In 2011, GNDR was awarded a UN Sasakawa “Letter of Commendation” in relation to VFL for shifting the emphasis of global DRR policy dialogue on the need to close the implementation gap between national policies and local practices. Building on this success, VFL was implemented worldwide again in 2011 and 2013 and has gathered to date the views of more than 85,000 stakeholders across 129 countries.

Since its launch in 2009, experience from VFL has shown that mobilising at-risk people and local actors to participate in a bottom-up monitoring process can provide an excellent means to open dialogue, raise awareness and deepen understanding of risk and promote all-of-society engagement to strengthen resilience. It has highlighted gaps between national policies and local practices, identified the need for collaboration and partnership for successful local implementation, and identified recommendations for a post-2015 DRR framework. These recommendations were subsequently used to inform GNDR’s report “Reality Check - Impact at the Frontline”, which served as GNDR’s key advocacy position leading up to and during the World Conference on DRR (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan. As a result of these VFL recommendations, accompanied with the joint advocacy from CSOs around the world, the Sendai Framework for DRR specifically states the importance of including local actors in risk governance, and instructs states to invest in multistakeholder approaches.

“It is necessary to empower local authorities and local communities to reduce disaster risk, including through resources, incentives and decision-making responsibilities, as appropriate” SFDRR Paragraph 19f.

About Views from the Frontline 2019

VFL 2019 provides a complementary bottom-up perspective on progress at the impact/outcome level to UNISDR’s top-down Sendai Monitoring Tool. VFL 2019 will establish a local baseline and local monitoring process to measure progress towards achieving an inclusive “people-centred” approach to resilience-building, as promoted within the SFDRR and associated frameworks. In so doing, VFL 2019 aims to increase awareness and strengthen accountability of governments and inter-governmental bodies for a people-centred approach. VFL 2019 takes a systems-wide perspective that recognises different actors have different but related responsibilities at different administrative levels. Local-level interviews are complemented by survey questions targeting key informants working on the sub-national/national institutional and political environment. Questions on the “enabling environment” are designed to increase awareness and assess progress on wider institutional factors essential to scale out local action, putting a political spotlight on gaps and challenges to be addressed in through mutually-reinforcing actions by different actors at different scales. The whole process is led by local actors themselves, building their capacity to monitor and utilise local risk information.

Aims & Objectives

VFL 2019 aims to strengthen inclusion and collaboration between governments, at-risk people and civil society in risk-reduction/resilience-building policies and practices.
Its primary objectives are:

  1. To establish a citizen-based process to measure local progress in inclusive risk governance
  2. To strengthen in-country civil society monitoring, DRR and advocacy capacities
  3. To support establishment of local-level baselines and generate local risk information to inform policy and local plans

Scope of VFL 2019

VFL 2019 spreads across 3 years. The 3 main components of VFL 2019 include: (a) Collection of data through surveys and consultations; (b) Reflection, which helps to analyse the threats and barriers faced by the communities and identify actions towards building their resilience; and (c) Local actions which would promote building resilience through planning, implementation and influencing policies and practices at the local and national levels. Based on the pilot in 20 communities across the Philippines and Tonga, the survey sample consists of approximately: a) 10% of households randomly sampled; b) 60 individuals from vulnerable groups taking part in community focus group discussions c) 10 CSO representatives interviewed; and d) 10 local government representatives interviewed. An average budget of 45000 Euros depending upon the size and scope is available for the project in each country.

National Coordinating Organisations for VFL 2019

In July 2018, GNDR invited organisations to apply to be a National Coordinating Organisation (NCO) for Views from the Frontline 2019. VFL 2019 will be implemented in 50 countries across Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. It will capture local perspectives on risk and resilience, but also monitor the extent to which local actors are included in resilience-planning processes. It will establish a local baseline and local monitoring process to measure progress towards achieving an inclusive, people-centred approach to resilience-building, as promoted within the Sendai Framework for DRR and associated frameworks.

VFL is still looking for an NCO for the following countries:

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Congo Brazzaville
  • Swaziland
  • Egypt
  • Peru
  • El Salvador

GNDR will continue to accept and assess applications until all National Coordinating Organisations have been identified for these countries. If you are interested, please download the Call for Application and submit the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st August 2019.

GNDR aims to strengthen national organisations. The Secretariat will give preference to recruiting/appointing locally based organisations over international ones, assuming similar or nearly similar capacity to carry out the work.

Working in a country outside of the list of 50?

For organisations whose country is not listed in the 50 above and are interested in implementing VFL with their own resources, please click here for more information. GNDR is committed to providing technical support and enhancing your capacities to implement VFL in your own country.


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The VFL2019 project is funded by the European Union  


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