Knowledge Matters - Disaster Risk Reduction

This edition of Knowledge Matters, published in June 2013, looks at Concern's Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) work.

South Wollo, Ethiopia, 2013: new terraces as part of the watershed management are installed in steep slopes that tower above settlements, and reduce the impacts of floods as well as encouraging water percolation, offsetting drought impacts. Photo: by Dom Hunt / Concern Worldwide.
South Wollo, Ethiopia, 2013: new terraces as part of the watershed management are installed in steep slopes that tower above settlements, and reduce the impacts of floods as well as encouraging water percolation, offsetting drought impacts. Photo: by Dom Hunt / Concern Worldwide.

Many of us tend to think of DRR as existing within the sphere of humanitarian actors. This is firmly debunked by the contributors to this issue. To paraphrase from one of the articles, sustainable development is not possible in the contexts where we work without timely humanitarian action, and development cannot work without addressing underlying risks.

What all this points to is that in many of the contexts in which Concern operates, synergies are needed between our humanitarian and development interventions. In keeping with the spirit of organisational learning, the various contributors to this issue highlight both the successes and failures that have accompanied Concern's DRR work.

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