Civil Society IMPACT DRR

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Civil Society IMPACT DRR was a USAID/OFDA Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Regional funded project coordinated by the GNDR Secretariat and implemented by GNDR members in the LAC region. It aimed to build collaboration capacities among networks in the LAC region in order to enhance the ability of civil society organisations to contribute to the impact of the Sendai Framework for DRR at the community level.

About the project 

Despite much talk about people-centred paradigms that focus on greater inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, there is plenty of evidence that many countries still lack Strategic Plans and lack the coordination of multi-stakeholders to address disaster risk. Yet there is growing evidence that resilience-building at the local community level is essential to national level resilience.

Furthermore, in the Latin America and Caribbean region, the perspective of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) since the adoption of the new Sendai Framework for DRR (SFDRR) has not managed to move beyond the emergency response phase, nor has DRR been established as a strategic pillar of Sustainable Development in the region. As a result, it is vital to take a multi-stakeholder approach that considers local realities and the role of civil society in connecting local, national and regional actors in order to increase the effectiveness of Sendai Framework implementation in the LAC region. This USAID/OFDA LAC funded project aimed to enhance the effectiveness of the Sendai Framework implementation at the community level by ensuring local realities were heard. Working across three sub-regions (South America, Central America and the Caribbean) it focused on impact in three risk zones in countries across LAC, aiming to produce a cascade effect through advocacy from participating networks.

Project partners

The two project partners, who are GNDR members were::

  1. Caritas Chile (Chile)
  2. RET – International (Panama)


This project, which ran until March 2019, had three objectives:

  1. Strengthened GNDR governance in the LAC region in order to increase collaborative capacities of GNDR members to work together and with other key actors.
  2. Increased capacities of GNDR LAC members to co-create and share knowledge, experiential learning and good practices with other complimentary actors and networks.
  3. Increased GNDR capacities to develop alliances to monitor the commitments from the Sendai Framework and subsequent Global and Regional Platforms to increase impact at the community level.

Key project activities

  1. Sub-regional workshops for Central America, South America and the Caribbean. These workshops looked at different themes and development frameworks with the aim of strengthening SFDRR by building network synergy mechanisms at the local level. They called for the need to ensure inclusive and binding participation of local actors.
  2. Regional forum of civil society for Latin America and the Caribbean. This regional forum took place during the 2018 Americas Regional Platform for DRR. It convened complementary networks at the regional and national level to establish basic commitments for a collaborative relationship. It also led to the establishment of guidelines for a 2018-2020 workplan between complementary networks for monitoring agreements between networks and gathering evidence of the impact of civil society networks on DRR.


The project "Civil Society IMPACT DRR" was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this webpage and those related to the IMPACT DRR project are the responsibility of GNDR and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.


For more information, contact the Regional Development Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean Mave Bastías: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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