Now Available – GFDRR Publications on Disability-inclusive DRM

Americas, Disaster, News, June 7 2018

World Bank Group - Social, Urban, Rural & ResilienceWASHINGTON, DC, USA: Over the past year, members of the Disability & Development team of The World Bank reached out to their networks for inputs and insights into Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) supported work on including persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Management (DRM).  The GFDRR is a global partnership managed by the World Bank, that supports disaster risk management projects worldwide, is ‘committed to promoting socially inclusive disaster risk management and has prioritized the engagement and empowerment of persons with disabilities.’

Betty Dion, Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Federico Batista-Poitier were invited to represent GAATES and share their experience and resources.  Their valuable expertise was consulted to ensure that disability-inclusive DRM considers the needs of the vulnerable in not only planning of the built environment, but to also consider their needs first in the occurrence of a natural disaster or other need for evacuation.

This work has resulted into a report and policy brief on disability inclusive DRM published by GFDRR. In addition, they have also drafted an internal action plan for increased targeted efforts in the future.

From the report, a recent survey of the literature and experience identified five broad active that development institutions and governments, as well as their partners and stakeholders, can take to improve disability-inclusive DRM. Those five actions are:

  1. Include persons with disabilities as valued stakeholders in disaster risk management activities.
  2. Help remove barriers to the full participation of persons with disabilities.
  3. Increase awareness among governments and their partners of the safety and security need of persons with disabilities.
  4. Collect data that is disaggregated by disability.
  5. Ensure that new construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Free to circulate widely and be shared within networks and communities, those involved hope these resources help to make a difference and promote the importance of Disaster Risk Management.

Written internally.

Source: The World Bank

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