Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network


Recognizing the increasing threats of extreme climatic events worldwide, the UNDP/DDC has launched the Africa-Asia Drought Risk Management Peer Assistance Network (AADP) in 2010, with financial support from the Government of Japan. The objective of the network is to mitigate the risks of drought and improve human livelihoods in Africa and Asia by creating an enabling environment for inter-regional knowledge sharing among drought-prone countries and facilitating the up-scaling of proven drought risk management (DRM) best practices in the two regions.

A rich collection of knowledge-based resources already exists in Asia for DRM and resilience building, both at policy and practice levels, many of which are deemed applicable in the African context, and vice versa. Yet much of this potential remains unrealized, in part due to lack of formalized institutional mechanisms to promote south-south cooperation and exchange across the regions.

In order to help link knowledge producers and users beyond regional boundaries, AADP aims to establish a robust, yet flexible, inter-regional network for DRM, building on the pool of experiences and expertise of the former African Drought Risk and Development Network (ADDN) initiative. The network will work closely with ongoing and upcoming UNDP/non-UNDP programmes and projects and provide them with a variety of peer learning and capacity development support, based on their specific thematic priorities, operational gaps and capacity needs... More >


How We Work

Mirroring the established operational modality of the ADDN, a wide variety of activities are undertaken within the AADP framework to promote communication, interaction and networking among the network users.

Monthly AADP Newsletter
The AADP e-Newsletter is dedicated to informing the practitioners and decision-makers working in and for drought prone countries in Africa and Asia of the opportunities for DRM networking, training/workshops and employment at various levels.



Africa-Asia Drought Adaptation Forum
AADP is committed to convene the Drought Adaptation Forum at the Africa-Asia inter-regional level bring together a dynamic and diverse set of participants, spanning policymakers, NGO/CSO practitioners, researchers, development partners and the media, from different parts of the two regions. Organized on an intermittent basis,each forum addresses specific themes and stimulates applied discussion on the key issues linking drought risk and development.


Knowledge Products
Various DRM knowledge products have been developed based on the data and information gathered through different AADP activities to promote awareness raising, policy dialogue and up-scaling of successful pilot practices.

Mainstreaming Drought Risk Management: A Primer (2011) provides a basic roadmap for mainstreaming DRM concept and principles into development planning and programming at different levels. It outlines the steps to define drought risks within a given context and presents a methodology for translating the risk assessment results into specific policy measures, planning instruments and measurable interventions.

Drought Risk Management: Practitioner's Perspectives from Africa and Asia (2012) reviews the current drought-related institutional and programmatic landscape in Africa and Asia, highlights important similarities in DRM capacity gaps and gap-filling opportunities across Africa and Asia and identifies priority areas to which the inter-regional south-south cooperation could add value.

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In-field Exchange Events
AADP organizes small-scale inter-regional knowledge exchange events such as study tours and targeted seminars, together with various partners. These events allow countries and communities with common DRM interests and needs to learn from each other's experiences, expertise and skills and help scale up and out the proven DRM approaches and methodologies into development projects, programming and policy frameworks.



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