Including persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction in Africa: Snapshot
12 October 2023
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
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The study provides an account of progress, gaps and promising practices in including persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the region.
Here are some of the key findings identified by the study:
- Adopt a multidimensional approach to address underlying risk factors and key drivers of vulnerability among persons with disabilities. Consider the intersection of diverse identity factors, including gender, age, disability, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, displacement and more when promoting comprehensive strategies to mitigate disaster risk.
- Take into account the complex sociocultural and humanitarian contexts when mainstreaming disability inclusion in DRR. Similarly, consider the implications of conflict and disaster in all-inclusive development programmes as a means to introduce DRR and garner the interest of local OPDs.
- Establish mechanisms for formalizing commitments to DiDRR through close collaboration between governments, OPDs, national and international NGOs, United Nations agencies, donors and other key DRR stakeholders.
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