Strategy 2020-25

Local Leadership for Global Impact

A member-led network

We connect frontline civil society organisations with national and international policymaking institutions and governments. We influence policies and practices by amplifying the voices of people most at risk.

This member-led global network strategy will guide our collective work for the next five years.

Our vision

A world in which everyone works together to strengthen the resilience of people most at risk and prevent hazards from becoming disasters.

The challenges

1. CSOs have shrinking space to amplify local realities

Nearly 50% of civil society organisations say they cannot influence their governments to take coherent approaches to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and poverty reduction at the local level.

2. Actions are not appropriate as they are not informed by local realities

Only 16% of people at risk of disasters feel included in assessing threats, preparing policies and plans, and taking action to reduce threats.

3. Poverty, disasters and climate change are not addressed coherently

Climate change adaptation, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction have complementary goals, yet often remain separate in policy and practice, with separate institutions and legal frameworks. 40% of local government representatives surveyed believe their national government is not building coherence between strategies.

Our goals

GNDR members want to overturn these blockages, and our current five-year strategy ‘Local Leadership for Global Impact’, has been developed with them, with this in mind. The outcomes of the strategy are:

Goal 1: Strengthen the collaboration, solidarity and mobilisation of civil society organisations


  • CSOs recognise the benefit of collaboration over competition
  • CSOs have the necessary skills and capacities to collaborate
  • Mechanisms and policies are in place to enable collaboration
  • CSOs are held to account to collaborate

Read more about goal one

Goal 2: Champion a localisation movement


  • Governments and INGOs believe local CSOs should lead
  • Local CSOs have capacity to lead and be accountable to communities most at risk
  • The enabling environment for local CSOs to lead exists
  • Global and national actors are accountable for localisation

Read more about goal two

Goal 3: Strive for risk-informed development


  • All sectors believe they must build resilience whilst advancing development
  • Evidence-based knowledge exists and is applied on how to
  • do effective risk-informed development in the context of six drivers of risk
  • Different sectors at different levels have opportunities to coordinate
  • All actors, not just DRR practitioners, have clear roles and responsibilities for taking risk into account

Read more about goal three

Risk drivers

Across these three goals are the challenging contexts which drive risk. GNDR members and stakeholders have prioritised six risk drivers to focus on in this strategy.

Climate change

Climate-induced disasters accounted for 90% of all major disasters between 1998 and 2017.


58% of deaths from so-called ‘natural disasters’ occur in the top 30 most fragile states.

Gender inequality

Women and girls are disproportionately hit by disasters, and discriminated against during recovery.

Food and water insecurity

Enough food is produced globally to feed each person, yet one in nine people are chronically malnourished.


80% of the world’s largest cities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards like flooding and earthquakes.

Forced displacement

On a daily basis 37,000 people are fleeing their homes because of conflict and persecution.

Our roles

As a network GNDR plays six roles to bring about the outcomes of our three goals.


We spark action and energy across and beyond this movement of civil society organisations.

Capacity strengthener

We strengthen capacities via member-to-member and partner support.


We develop partnerships by connecting local, national and international actors.

Thought leader

We gather and share knowledge, including indigenous expertise.


We harness local voices and use our collective influence to lobby for change.


We ensure accountability by monitoring and evaluating local-level progress.

Read the strategy in full

The full strategy publication provides more details, plus in-depth explanations of what localisation, risk-informed development, and collaboration mean – and how we will achieve them as a network.

The 2020-25 strategy is available in PDF format in four languages:

Become a member

Applying for membership is easy. Eligible organisations just need to complete our online application form and upload a couple of documents that confirm the organisation they work for.

If your organisation is already a GNDR member you can simply register yourself as an individual. We will then link you to your organisation and you can access all benefits.