Oxfam India and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Building Community Resilience is a global challenge.

Helping poor rural people adapt to the impacts of disasters and enabling them to contribute to risk reduction is not a task that can be performed by a single agency alone; it requires cooperation and a coordinated approach from the community, local administration and multiple organisations.

Partnerships are a critical way for Oxfam to learn more about disasters, share its knowledge, strengthen the operations it supports, leverage additional funding and influence the national policy on disaster management and agenda.

Oxfam India works with local administrations, poor rural people’s organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to design innovative disaster risk reduction and resilience building projects and programmes that fit within the vulnerable community’s priorities for protecting assets and reducing water and sanitation needs. 

Oxfam India’s work is based on its principles that all those facing real or potential humanitarian crises, must be assured, both the protection and assistance they require to prepare for, and cope with shocks, regardless of who they are, in a manner consistent with their human rights.

Oxfam’s triple mandate (development, humanitarian and campaigning) means that it is ideally placed to influence DRR policy and practice from local to national levels, including for preparedness and response.

Our DRR work often incorporates programmes to build communities’ resilience in disaster-prone areas and to empower people to speak out, organize and have a voice in changing their situation.

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