Social Resilience

What we do


Integrate gender, social inclusion, and citizen engagement into disaster and climate risk management investments


Engage large-scale country programs that provide resources directly to poor households and communities in order to strengthen resilience to disaster


Generate and share evidence on effective, community-driven disaster and climate risk management, and promote community voices in global dialogue


Through the Inclusive Community Resilience (ICR) initiative, GFDRR taps into grassroots expertise in disaster risk management and promotes scalable models that engage directly with communities, making them equal partners with governments. In the event of disaster, studies show that 90% of survivors are rescued by their own neighbors. This core community strength in responding to—and protecting against—natural hazards and climate change is at the center of the ICR initiative.

Investing in Social Resilience

By bringing disaster and climate risk management into large-scale country investment operations, GFDRR helps to channel risk management resources directly to poor households and communities.

  • For example, in the Philippines, GFDRR is training people in selected villages on risk management and community mapping and is drawing on local knowledge as part of the effort. This information is then shared with all community members, who factor it into overall investment decisions in a broader community-driven development program. The end goal is to expand this initiative to all villages included in the program, in some 800 municipalities.

Promoting Social Inclusion

Integrating gender and citizen engagement into investments.

Through its Gender Action Plan, GFDRR is bolstering its commitment to integrating gender issues into climate and disaster risk management efforts by:

  • Understanding and addressing the different needs of men and women in disaster risk management investments; and
  • Promoting women’s empowerment for broader resilience strengthening.

Developing an Evidence Base

GFDRR places a high priority on documenting and sharing evidence on successful community-driven disaster and climate risk management approaches.



Head of Inclusive Community Resilience

Margaret Arnold: