12 November 2015
World Disaster Report 2015
Professor Mo Hamza, MDMa Course Leader, is the lead author and editor of World Disaster Report 2015; the report is considered a leading authority on trends in and best practice on disaster management.
The World Disasters Report (2015) Focuses on local actors. The Key to Humanitarian Effectiveness opens with some key questions and challenges: how local actors are defined, and issues with current practices around international and local engagement.
The second chapter calls for investment in capacity development that is driven by local need, with genuine local engagement.
The third chapter highlights the gap between the access of local actors to DRR decision-making forums relative to those actors’ importance in disaster management.
The theme of investment is visited again in chapter four looking at donor priorities and how DRR funds are spent.
Chapters five and six look at humanitarian work in contested environments, assessing remote international-local partnerships, and the role of local actors in protracted conflicts.
It concludes with a focus on technology; the risks and opportunities, and the extraordinary power technological innovations have to change the relationship between and relative agency of local and international actors.
WDR Mini Website: http://ifrc-media.org/interactive/world-disasters-report-2015/