Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance

Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance

December 16, 2015

UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.


Since 2005, UNDP worked with national governments, communities and development partners to support disaster risk governance in 125 countries. A significant proportion of this work focused on strengthening institutional systems and legal and policy mechanisms to govern the reduction and management of disaster risk, as well as providing support for the processes that lead to the establishment of these arrangements and facilitate their effective implementation.


The report ‘Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance: UNDP Support during the HFA Implementation Period 2005-2015’ examines the strategies and methodologies employed by UNDP over the last decade to promote an enabling governance environment for disaster risk reduction (DRR). In particular, it presents an analysis of UNDP support for getting DRR on the political agenda as a cross-cutting development priority, and facilitating the translation of DRR policy frameworks into action at the local level. The report provides valuable lessons to inform future policy and programming, as well as recommendations for UNDP’s and other actors involved in the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk reduction.

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