Dominican Republic

We’re working with communities in the Dominican Republic to ensure that development is informed by the perspectives of people most at risk.


Random household surveys


Civil society surveys


Local government surveys

Key findings and conclusions at the national level

  • Communities prioritise everyday threats, especially crime as the main risks to be mitigated
  • The engagement of communities in assessment, planning, implementation and monitoring of risk reduction activities – including the accessibility to information and resources – needs to be improved
  • Government development plans and projects need to adopt coherent approaches to address risk in a holistic manner

Surveys undertaken in the Dominican Republic

Our Views from the Frontline surveys in the Dominican Republic were undertaken in 2019.

Who was surveyed?

We surveyed 1,511 random households, 158 civil society organisations, 150 local government representatives, and undertook 73 community consultations.

Risk locations prioritised

We prioritised four risk areas:

  • Santo Domingo
  • Azua
  • Santiago
  • San Cristobal

Communities surveyed

We surveyed people from 15 communities: La Barquita, Capotillo, La Puya, Casa Vieja, La Zurza, Los Negros, El Rosario, La Bombita, Cien fuego, Hoyo de la Cacata, Los Guandules, Cañada del Diablo, Bajos de Haina, Las Flores and La Jeringa.

Our impact

Activities undertaken in response to community-level findings and conclusions

  • Organisation of orientation and awareness sessions with educational institutes for communities, along with the provision of materials on crime prevention
  • Awareness raising on disaster risk management and the development of community assemblies for ensuring the involvement of communities in the planning and development of local government plans
  • Community meetings with the local government and civil society organisations in order to develop strategies for the integration of the community in the local government plans to reduce risks and threats
  • The creation of a community emergency committee and risk and disaster management committee, including providing them with training on prevention, mitigation and response
  • Delivery of a cycle of meetings with the national police and provincial government authorities, to help reduce crime and its causes

Impact of activities

  • Communities are involved in the planning and actions of the local government to reduce risks and threats
  • Members of the community and civil society organisations have basic knowledge about risk management, meaning that their plans, actions and decisions are risk-informed
  • Joint coordination between communities and authorities has helped reduce crime and its causes in the region

Our project partners in the Dominican Republic

Our Views from the Frontline programme is implemented by GNDR member organisations and partners in the country.

National coordinating organisation

  • Habitat for Humanity

Partner organisations

  • IDDI
  • Techo
  • Vision Social
  • Santiago Solidario
  • Pronatura

View all data from the Dominican Republic

You can view all our Views from the Frontline survey data using our data dashboard. You can also learn more about our methodology for selecting at-risk areas and survey respondents.

Project funded by

European Union

Our Views from the Frontline project is funded by the European Union (EU). Content related to this project on our website was made possible by the support of the EU. All content is the sole responsibility of GNDR and does not necessarily reflect the views of the EU.

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