Disaster Management Community, Solution Exchange India

What is Disaster Management CoP?

The Disaster Management Community comprises a group of professionals from a wide range of organizations and disciplines working on issues related to disasters (natural or human induced) such as preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery and rehabilitation. 

Disasters erode development gains. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is important to ensure reduction of disaster risk through structural and non-structural measures. 

The Community aims to reduce disaster risk to sustain development gains. This is done by leveraging the knowledge and experience of development practitioners towards problem solving. 

Solution Exchange connects the members of this Community and enables them to share their knowledge and experience with others across the country. 

Key issues addressed by the Disaster Management Community:

  • Hazards: Natural and Human
  • Post-Disaster: Relief, Response, Reconstruction/Recovery
  • Pre-Disaster: Preparedness, Prevention, Mitigation
  • Techniques and Tools: Assessment formats, disaster resistant construction techniques and designs, retrofitting techniques and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Institutional and Policy Issues: Governance in disaster management, Coordination and mainstreaming disaster management into development
  • Addressing Concerns of Vulnerable Groups

What is Solution Exchange?

Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange India is an online platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and learning amongst people, practitioners and communities dedicated to addressing development challenges in India. Run by the United Nations in India online groups, called communities of practice, the platform enables members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners and government researchers to share experiences and best practices, build partnerships, learn about the latest technologies that can help advance change and brainstorm with peers towards solutions that can improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized.

Launched in 2005, Solution Exchange India (SE) is an online platform that facilitates knowledge sharing and learning amongst people, practitioners and communities dedicated to addressing development challenges in India. Run by the United Nations in India, online groups, called CoP, the platform enables members of academia, non-governmental organizations, grassroots practitioners, researchers and the government functionaries to share experiences and best practices, build partnerships, learn about the latest technologies that can help advance change and brainstorm with peers towards solutions that can improve the lives of the poorest and most marginalized. 

How does it work?

SE works through 12 thematic ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoP) that focus on connecting practitioners; tapping knowledge; disseminating experiences; facilitating feedback; seeding ideas; replicating good practices; and catalyzing collaborations. Everyone in a CoP belongs to a mail-group, facilitated by a resource team located in a UN Agency, which helps members to connect, share and collaborate virtually as well as face-to-face. 

Who can Become a Member?

  • Officials from Government or semi-government organizations dealing with disaster management (preparedness, mitigation, response, rehabilitation and long-term sustainable recovery)
  • Field workers from non-governmental and civil society organizations
  • Local administrators from district, local panchayats and urban local bodies
  • Representatives of multilateral and bilateral donor agencies supporting projects and programmes pertaining to disaster management
  • Academics, researchers and  other professionals involved in disaster management, capacity building, training and research
  • Corporate and other private sector professionals in the disaster management-related fields, including risk management and the insurance sector

To join the CoP or get further details, write to se-drm@solutionexchange-un.net.in

National Consultation on Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction

 

 

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