Regional Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian-Development Nexus
Disaster risk reduction (DRR) straddles both development and humanitarian action. Although DRR programmes are often administered under humanitarian budget lines and through disaster management authorities, there is now a clear understanding of the need for disaster prevention to be firmly anchored in development programming, with a long-term vision of reducing risk. Operationalization of the humanitarian/development nexus provides a key opportunity to mobilize joint action to not only end humanitarian needs, but also to reduce disaster risks. Strengthening DRR outcomes, especially in fragile and protracted crisis settings, but also in countries facing recurrent and increasing disaster risks is an important contribution to the global effort to leave no-one behind.
For these reasons, UNDRR has been undertaking work to identify opportunities to scale-up DRR in humanitarian/development contexts. This workshop is part of a process that will result in recommendations to the UN system, and development partners on integrating DRR into humanitarian/development programming.
The specific objectives of this workshop are to
1) Take stock of the extent to which DRR considerations have been integrated into humanitarian/development nexus contexts in Asia Pacific;
2) Identify areas for greater engagement between DRR and humanitarian-development practitioners;
3) Discuss overlap between issues found in Asia Pacific region with other crisis contexts, specifically protracted settings; and
4) Review the draft guidance materials and identify further actions to be taken.