Additional Notes of "Managing Risk" Working Group


  • It’s not about relief and development boxes, but about assessing and managing “risk”
  • That risk is aggravating vulnerability and needs to be incorporated into our Theories of Change
  • Need to integrate risk factors into program analysis, design and implementation. For this to happen we need capacity for management of risks, scenario planning and on-going monitoring of scenarios
  • Challenges:
    • How to maintain the necessary capacity during “non-disaster” periods?
    • Frequency and complexity of disaster imply that we need to translate possible outcomes identified through scenario planning not only as emergency preparedness plans, but also flexible, robust programs
    • Ongoing monitoring of key risk indicators
    • Programs need to incorporate strategies for adaptations at community as well as institutional levels
  • Important to link technical/sectoral units into this discussion, including:
    • Basic services in emergencies
    • Global food economics
    • Sub regional water resource management
    • Climate change and urban governance
  • Signature program needs to incorporate risk analysis and management
  • Fund raising and investment
    • Identify opportunities linked to increased focus on some donors on risk (e.g. ECHO, Title II, OFDA, OCHA, EU, DFID).
    • Insurance analogy – we need to understand what is an appropriate level of investment for DRR “insurance” in a given context to reduce vulnerability and help move forward towards program objectives despite a disaster “shock”
    • Policy analysis and advocacy – integrate DRR into the aid efficiency debate (at national and global level).

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