Institutionalising sustainable community-based disaster risk management

The first part of the guide gives an overview of the 11 characteristics of successful initiatives. An explanation of each success factor is provided along with guidance on how it can be practically implemented by practitioners.

Sustainability is defined as the ability of an initiative to be maintained at a certain rate or level or period of time, with key success characteristics including: permanence, effectiveness, ownership, adaptiveness and inclusion.

Institutionalisation is defined as the action of establishing something as a norm in an organisation or culture, with key characteristics including: policy environment, structures and mechanisms, capacities, culture, funding and accountability.

Coordinated by GNDR and nine partner organisations, this resource is the result of local-level research involving the analysis of 264 community projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The second part of this guide is a series of 10 in-depth case study examples that demonstrate the success factors working on-the-ground.

These diverse examples are from countries around the world and each includes an explanation of the unique project that was implemented – and critically, why it was successful.

This resource was published in 2019 is available in PDF format in three languages:

The key success factors for sustainable and institutionalised CBDRM can also be viewed and downloaded separately in multiple languages.

Over 100 additional CBDRM resources and case studies are openly available on our dedicated CBDRM website.

This guidebook was produced as part of a GNDR project funded by USAID/OFDA that ran from 2017-20. Read more about the impact of our CBDRM project.

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