Disaster risk reduction solutions

Disasters rob the poor of their meagre possessions, their homes and livestock and most importantly, their livelihoods. But droughts, floods and even earthquakes have impacted on people’s lives and livelihoods without being deemed a disaster - when those people were sufficiently prepared and had the capacity to cope and recover quickly.

Our approach to disaster risk reduction is based on research and operational experience gained over many years in South Asia, Africa and Peru. This has shown that secure and sustainable livelihoods not only lift communities out of poverty but also reduce their susceptibility to disasters.

Poor communities have been helped to undertake activities which increase their resilience to disasters while strengthening their livelihood strategies, using local knowledge, capacities and resourcefulness, coupled with innovative and appropriate technologies.

Examples of our approach

Surviving freak freezes

Simple yet effective ideas to improve the livelihoods of communities struggling to cope with extreme weather conditions

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Coping with drought

Simple technologies, such as rainwater harvesting and water conservation, can reduce the devastating impact of droughts

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Earthquake resistant buildings

Traditional ‘quincha’ building technology results in a flexible structure with an inherent earthquake resistance.

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River erosion

Displacement from river erosion can be devastating, but building back better gives people a stronger chance against future adversity

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Flood resistant housing

Simple design changes improve houses enough to be unaffected by flooding and resulting dangers to livelihoods

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Preparing for floods

Appropriate training and technologies are introduced in order for families to dramatically lessen the impact of the inevitable flooding

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