The role of CSOs in coherence

This comprehensive resource explains the 19 success factors that enable civil society organisations to effectively exercise their role in coherence-building.

Coherence is defined as an approach involving processes and actions to integrate international frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable development, to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and the

achievement of both common and respective goals.

The key success factors covered are grouped under six core categories:

  • Making use of local wisdom and external knowledge
  • Partnerships, platforms and networks
  • Focus on bouncing forward
  • Resources for implementation
  • Structures and regulations
  • Social demand and political influence

Each category is explained in simple terms, along with straightforward explanations of each individual success factor and how it can be achieved.

The information and examples provided are the result of analysis of 73 case studies from GNDR member organisations around the world. In addition, research interviews and focus groups were conducted with leaders from civil society organisations, public officials working in DRR, project managers, local government representatives, and donors.

This resource also provides useful definitions and understanding on key terminology such as horizontal and vertical coherence, integration, and resilient livelihoods

To support understanding of how the success factors are implemented on the ground, 11 in-depth case studies are included from projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Each example clearly explains the context of the activities implemented, and which specific factors contributed most effectively to coherence-building in that location.

This guidebook was produced as part of a one-year GNDR project funded by GIZ in 2018/19.

The project aimed to strengthen coherence with regard to planning, implementing and reporting disaster risk management in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and other international agendas.

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