USAID/OFDA Shelter and Settlements Training Course

USAID/OFDA Shelter And Settlements Training Course

Module 5:  Disaster Risk Reduction & Reconceiving the Road to Recovery

The final module focuses on the importance of incorporating DRR into S&S activities, and its importance in saving lives, reducing suffering, and reducing the economic and social impacts of disasters. DRR efforts are intended to minimize adverse impacts before, during, and after disaster. This module starts with a brief case study based on Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines in November 2013. The module stresses the importance of incorporating DRR into relief projects either as a stand-alone initiative or integrated into S&S programming. Settlements-based interventions that address disaster risks require training and outreach for multiple audiences in order to promote knowledge, advocacy, and policy and program changes.

This shift from shelter to shelter and settlements and the implied scaling up that is required, will entail making new alliances within the humanitarian community and between the humanitarian and development communities, as well as engaging host country authorities. These alliances must recognize that concerns are shared, and not in competition. Training and outreach through multiple outlets for multiple audiences (e.g., the private sector and local government) and humanitarian activities (e.g., shelter, DRR, urban settlements planning, protection, livelihood, WASH) is necessary for scaling up and shifting towards a more collaborative atmosphere.

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