Leadership for Disaster Resilience: Learning from the Current Practices in India

Lead Authors: Jacquleen Joseph, Garima Jain, Suchita Awasthi, Theimneizho Gangte, Sriram A, Gargi Sen, Teja Malladi, Vineetha Nalla| Contributing Authors: Zubin Mulla, Mohammed Irshad, Debasmita Majumder, Soumitra Peshave, Girinathreddy Munagala, Swati Pillai, G. Dhanapal, Asma N, Nishtha Vadehra | 2018

Executive Summary

In India, where institutional and regulatory frameworks specific to disaster risk reduction are relatively new, leadership practices have been at play through initiatives undertaken by existing mainstream institutions and other actors aiding in risk management outcomes. In an attempt to understand the past and current practices of leadership for disaster resilience in the Indian context, this study funded by the George Washington University and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is co-led by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The aim of this study is: (1) understanding leadership in the context of disaster risk and resilience building in India, (2) documenting initiatives undertaken by the formal and informal institutions and individuals that have aided in building resilience of a region and the community against disasters, (3) develop frameworks that can help practitioner and research community to enable and improve these disaster resilience practices in India and beyond.