Towards Disaster Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: Building Regional Capacity, Planning, and Policy Advice, in Disaster Risk Management

Under the “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities” Program, African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) supported a range of activities that strengthened collaboration, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The Economic Community for Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have formulated their own Sub-Regional Strategies and Action Plans, aligned with the Sendai principles. All RECs also developed respective gender strategies and action plans to formulate nuanced approaches for special consideration of gender, youth, and vulnerable groups. As the main beneficiaries of the R2 Program, the RECs have made considerable advances in formulating and implementing Disaster Risk Management policies during the Program’s period of activity from 2015 to 2021. These accomplishments are highlighted in the R2 Summary Report.

The Summary Report for the R2 Program is available in the following languages:

- in English,

- in French,

- and in Portuguese.