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Fourth International Course on Community Based Disaster Management
Organized by
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and Duryog Nivaran (South Asia Network)

3-14 July, 2000
Bangkok, Thailand


Over the last two decades there has been a growing realization that many top-down approaches to disaster management fail to address the specific local needs of vulnerable communities, ignore the potential of local resources and capacities and may in some cases even increase people’s vulnerability. In such a context, the relevance of community based approaches to disaster management (CBDM) is being recognized. Thus, ADPC in collaboration with Duryog Nivaran (DN) started international training on CBDM approaches in 1997. Three courses on CBDM held in 1997, 1998 and 1999, evoked enthusiastic response from the disaster management community in Asia and the Pacific. Responding to the growing need for leaning opportunities on community based approaches worldwide, ADPC offers the Fourth International Course on CBDM.


To enhance the understanding of community - based approaches to disaster management through sharing of systematized knowledge, information and experiences.


To examine different disaster management models and approaches and analyze the validity of community-based approaches in disaster management.

To introduce various participatory tools in community-based risk assessment and practice them in a chosen disaster prone community.

To identify various risk reduction measures that can be undertaken by the community and translate these measures into community level action plan.

To learn lessons by providing an opportunity for sharing experiences.


(Approximately 90 hrs.)
Course curriculum is designed to develop expertise of the participants on three tracks of competence, which includes: i) the fundamental concepts and principles of CBDM, ii) the technical knowledge and skills on participatory approaches, iii) the skills necessary for effective community based disaster management. The objectives of the course will be achieved through the following modules.

Disaster Situation and Disaster Management Activities

This module is a mix of interactive lectures, presentations, and exercises on types and characteristics of disasters affecting different countries in the Asian region, the changing environment and socio-economic situation, current levels of preparedness and on-going activities of government and non-government agencies for disaster management, and on the key prerequisites for better disaster management.

Framework for Community Based Disaster Management

This is an introduction to community based disaster management paradigm, its relative advantages in comparison to other different approaches for disaster management. The module provides an overview of the concepts, and processes of community based disaster management. It introduces a model for analyzing hazards, vulnerabilities and capacity. This module also tackles different disaster models.

Community Based Risk Assessment

This is a module on building participant's skills on community risk assessment. The module introduces various participatory methodologies in analyzing hazard, vulnerability and capacity with considerations to people's perceptions. It provides a one-day filed practice to apply the techniques learnt in the course.

Community Based Risk Reduction Measures

Based on risk assessment, this module tackles various risk reduction measures/programs that are applicable at the community level.

Planning at the local level

The course culminates in participants developing community based action plans for disaster risk reduction on the basis of skills learnt from the course.


The Director of the Training and Education Division of ADPC, Ms. Zenaida Delica will be the Course Director. She has over 12 years of experience on community based development-oriented disaster management. Ms. Annelies Heijmans representing the Center for Disaster Preparedness (Philippines) will be the Course Fellow. She is an expert on the application of various PRA tools. Other facilitators include leading practitioners on CBDM from Duryog Nivaran (South Asia) and from ADPC.


All teaching and course materials are in English. It is essential that participants are fully conversant in English.


This course is particularly useful for those concerned with supporting and implementing community based disaster management programs. The target audience of the course are:

  • Local Government officials
  • Emergency Response Agencies and Emergency Planners.
  • UN Agencies and International & Local NGOs
  • NGOs working in the field of Disaster and Development.
  • Private Sector involved in Disaster Management.
  • Donor Agencies

    The course is open to all countries. For effective sharing and learning, seats are limited to 30 participants only.


    Fee for the Course is US$2,000 per participant. Costs of books and materials are included in the course fee. Course fee should preferably be paid in advance by money transfer/international Demand Draft (DD) or cash at the time of registration.


    All participants will stay at the AIT Center Hotel during the course. The room rate is US$30-35 per night for single room and US$15-20 per person for shared accommodation. Participants who prefer to stay in single rooms have to inform ADPC in advance. Restaurants and student cafeteria, which offer a variety of Asian cuisines, are within the AIT Campus.


    Interested persons can apply directly but, preferably be nominated by their employers, sponsoring Governments, NGOs and private organizations. Applicants should complete the ADPC Application form or send a letter of inquiry to ADPC.

    To apply, fill out the attached form and fax it to the number given at the end of this brochure. You can also register through filling out the on-line form at ADPC homepage at On acceptance of nomination, you will be informed and supplied with additional information about the course.


    Limited number of partial scholarships are available to deserving candidates from national government organizations or national NGOs paying from their own budgets. Application for such support will be considered subject to confirmation of payment of 80% of the fees.


    The course is being organized by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and Duryog Nivaran.

  • Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

    Established in 1986, ADPC is the lead regional resource center dedicated to disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. ADPC works with governments, NGOs and communities of the Asia and Pacific region to strengthen their capacities in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response through professional training, technical assistance, regional program management and information and research.

    ADPC vision:

    disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development

    Duryog Nivaran

    Duryog Nivaran is a network of individuals and organizations working in South Asia who are committed to promoting the alternative perspective on disasters and vulnerability as a basis for disaster mitigation in the region.

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