In a post Rio+20 environment, UNDP and IIHS see the emerging need for integrating perspectives and capacities in South Asia and the global south across the themes of Poverty and Vulnerability reduction, Disaster Risk reduction and Climate Change adaptation from a Human Development standpoint. Under the the UNDP-IIHS Joint Programme on Integrated Planning for Development, UNDP and IIHS developed a framework and operational scaffolding for development planning. The project duration was from November 2nd, 2012 to 31st December 2013.


UNDP-IIHS Short Course for Municipal Officers on Building Resilience Through Integrated Practice | 15 - 20 September, 2014

Based on the experience of the past three courses, the UNDP-IIHS short course for municipal officers on Building Resilience course seeks to build capacity of municipal officers. The course seeks to equip them in resilience-building and vulnerability reduction through the integration of Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) practice with a human development focus. The objective is to design and implement CCA, DRR and development plans, policies and programmes across different sectors and scales such that they reduce the vulnerability of people, assets (natural and built) and businesses to climate and disaster risks.

UNDP-IIHS Short Course for UNDP Project Officers | 26-27 June, 2014

Building on the experience of the past two courses, UNDP and IIHS are collaborating on a short course for UNDP Project Officers. The course aims at building capacities of UNDP project staff which includes national level staff and state project officers. The course focuses on the linkages between disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and human development, especially in the current frame-work of governance.

Building Resilience through Integrated Development Practice | 18-23 Nov, 2013 | 9 – 14 Dec, 2013

In recent times, climate change and disaster risk have become formidable challenges facing India. If the floods in Mumbai, the quake in Bhuj, the Uttarakhand cloudburst and other natural disasters in recent memory have lessons to offer, it is that ‘Business-As-Usual’ is no longer tenable. The likelihood of increased weather extremes in future suggests that the number or scale of weather-related disasters will also increase. They damage built infrastructure and natural assets, disrupt critical public services and economic activity, exposing livelihoods and human health to a range of discontinuous and longer-term impacts. Disasters undermine very quickly, developmental gains made on several fronts over extended periods of time, including poverty reduction, and improved education and health.

When disasters occur, their impact is deeper on communities and households with low human development, impacting their ability or rate of recovery, or exacerbating their susceptibility to risk. Current planning approaches to development, climate change and disaster management often overlook the magnitude of damage certain populations face because of their continuing vulnerability. Development plans often focus on large, infrastructure-led projects, and tend to exclude vulnerable groups from decision-making processes. Climate change concerns are a recent addition to the planning portfolio of state governments in India, and are yet to be mainstreamed.  The emphasis of disaster risk reduction has been on large, relatively low frequency catastrophic events. Furthermore, small, everyday risks are often as significant as larger, more intense events, since they play a key role in the persistence of vulnerability.

A human development approach enables resilience against disaster risk. Equitable, participatory and sustainable responses to climate change and disaster risk are required. Since the scale and nature of such risks is seldom predictable and often unforeseen, it is important to focus on building resilience to risk among communities, assets and businesses. The building of resilience should have at its heart a concern for human development and a holistic understanding of what it would take to reduce vulnerability. It is therefore imperative that disaster risk reduction (DRR) plans incorporate the need to reduce people’s vulnerability to climate hazards through appropriate development measures and early warning systems. Similarly, climate change adaptation (CCA) should include exposure and vulnerability reduction approaches, alongside development that strengthens the capacity of communities and households to recover from economic and health shocks.

This course aims to equip urban practitioners to build resilience through the integration of CCA and DRR practice with a human development focus. The objective is to design and implement CCA, DRR and development plans, policies and programmes across different sectors and scales such that they reduce the vulnerability of people, assets (natural and built) and businesses to climate and disaster risks.

Learner Comments

Learner comments from the first iteration of the course, held from 18-23 November 2013.
“On the whole, a very good programme. I appreciate the sincerity of the faculty members and organizers in how they delivered the course”– D. Esther, CMDA

“The sessions were very enriching and rooted in practical situations”– Meenakshi Kumari, BMRDA

“Painstakingly put together and effectively delivered.”– Sugato Dutt, State Planning Commission, Tamil Nadu

Learner comments from the Second iteration of the course, held from 9-14 December 2013.
“Enriching course. The interactions were lively and stimulating. It provided an interdisciplinary platform to analyze the issues of resilience.”

“The studio exercise was very relevant and helped understand difficult concepts in an applied manner.”

“The course enhanced our way of thinking, particularly with regard to resilience in our field. “

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