Duryog Nivaran South Asian Network for Disaster Risk Reduction

Duryog Nivaran

South Asian Network for Disaster Risk Reduction
Duryog Nivaran South Asian Network for Disaster Risk Reduction

Duryog Nivaran (DN), was set up in 1995 as a research, training and advocacy network committed to promoting disaster risk reduction in South Asia at policy and community level, for cross border dialogue and experience sharing among organizations working in the world’s most disaster-prone region

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In Focus

International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR)

The focus of this year’s International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) is on Target G of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.” In the announcement of this IDDRR, it was stated that the urgency to achieve this target was strengthened in March 2022 by the announcement made by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres that “the United Nations will spearhead new action to ensure every person on Earth is protected by early warning systems within five years.”
This is timely as we are witnessing an escalation in climate disasters that causes damage and threatens livelihoods of people across the world. There are growing weather threats all across the world, hitting developed as well as developing countries. The countries of South Asia, namely Afghanistan
In Focus

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

Duryog Nivaran is participating in the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), in Australia, partnering with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The APMCDRR at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19-22 September 2022.

Convened by UNDRR, the APMCDRR is the main regional platform in Asia-Pacific for promoting coordination and cooperation on DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It brings together UN Member States, intergovernmental organisations, international and national organisations and stakeholder groups, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction.

“Learning Lab – Gender Considerations in DRR – An All-of Government Approach to Inclusive DRR Governance” is one of the main session which DN is actively taking part in the conference. The session is focusing on Gender-responsive DRR underlined in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction as a necessary condition for effective DRR outcomes for community resilience building, other global frameworks emphasize on gender-responsive climate actions as a non-negotiable requirement, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to DRR in Governments in Asia and the Pacific region and paroral important interest areas in the discussion.

In addition, Duryog Nivaran led the GSHG to set up a Pledge Wall.
The Gender Stakeholder Group of the Asia Pacific Partnership consultation was held on the 19th of September, the Pre Conference Day. There was a participation of around 40 feminists and gender advocates. The meeting discussed the statement of the GSHG and discussed some actions on the way forward.
Duryog Nivaran is also co-hosting an event with Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre on Gender Considerations in DRR. The agenda of the event is as follows.
Featured Project

Regional Assessment of DRM Institutions in South Asia 2019-2020

The World Bank has engaged Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) to conduct a regional assessment of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) institutions in the South Asia Region (SAR).

Community Resilience Building

Disaster Risk

Gender & Social


Understanding Disaster Risk


Revitalizing the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) process in the New Normal

Duryog Nivaran, together with two of its members the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) and Janathakshan, carried out this project in three project locations of Gomarankaduwela, Abayapura and Mudcove in the Trincomalee District. This project was funded by The Asia Foundation’s Small Grants Programme.


The project was implemented between January 2021 to March 2022, a period when Covid-19 pandemic was at its height, and this project attempted to build capacities and to empower all parties to take responsibilities for their area/ community, to revitalise the social contract and strengthen participation, accountability and transparency. It also explored how community structures need to adjust to face the new normal.


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Key Achievements

The network has to its credit a number of initiatives that has contributed significantly
to the regional understanding of disasters and in the reduction of disaster risks. Some examples:
DN has made a significant contribution to push the discourse of DRR concepts forward, through many of its publications; including its flagship report, titled South Asia Disaster Report (SADR) produced since 2005. Five volumes have been produced, with an upcoming one on Early Warning Systems.
Since 2012, has been the coordinator of the UNISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Stakeholder Group on Gender, developing the gender annex at all the subsequent Asian Ministerial Conferences on DRR, and carrying out periodic reviews and guidance documents.
Advocating and promoting local level DRR. A pioneer with the CBDRM-Community Based Disaster Management training methodology, and then developed training methodology on Decentralized Disaster Risk Management to hold authorities accountable on community DRR

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