26th Training Course on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Date:  20 - 31 Aug 2018

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




The fundamental principle of community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) involves the development of bottom-up processes arising from the communities themselves. Development is based on the community's specific needs and its aspirations for safety, and appropriate actions to address these. The CBDRR course provides an opportunity for practitioners to learn, upgrade and share essential skills and knowledge to systematically address disaster risk reduction challenges at the community level and to facilitate the processes to reduce disaster risk of vulnerable communities.

Participants will acquire tools and knowledge on how to design and implement programs for reducing disaster risks and vulnerability leading to community capacity building to promote a culture of safety and self-reliance. The course provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience through scenario-based simulation exercises.

The participants will have a chance to learn about globally acknowledged programs and approaches to CBDRR from leaders of these initiatives, with a particular focus on examples from South and Southeast Asia. The course also discusses the integration of disaster risk reduction plans to governmental and non-governmental development plans.


The course aims to develop the capacity of community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) practitioners who will be the main project implementers at the community level by providing them with knowledge and skills in CBDRR including:

Discussing the context of CBDRR in a changing climate
Designing and conducting climate-inclusive community risk assessments
Identifying measures for climate-inclusive disaster risk reduction through vulnerability reduction and community capacity development
Preparing risk reduction plans and discussing their integration into sectoral developmental programs
Analyzing issues and challenges in the implementation of community-based risk reduction and climate change adaptation programs
Discussing areas of professional development
Building commitment and value systems to promote community empowerment for climate-inclusive community risk reduction


The ten-day course is structured around the following modules:

MODULE 1: Context of CBDRR in a Changing Climate
Understanding terminologies and evolving concepts in disaster risk reduction
Dynamics of disaster risk in a changing climate
Climate inclusive disaster risk reduction frameworks at community level
Community based disaster risk reduction process

MODULE 2: Climate Inclusive Participatory Community Disaster Risk Assessment
Introduction to participatory community risk assessment (PCRA)
Climate smart hazard assessment, application and use of tools including climate outlooks
Vulnerability and capacity assessment, application and use of tools
Disaster risk assessment at community level

MODULE 3: Participatory Disaster Risk Reduction Planning
Participatory planning for risk reduction at community level
Establishing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for CBDRR
Stakeholders analysis and partnerships for community risk reduction planning and implementation
Building and sustaining community based organizations
Mobilizing resources for CBDRR planning and implementation

MODULE 4: Climate Inclusive Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction
Overview to Community Resilience Framework
Implementation of community-based disaster mitigation measures
Linking DRR and climate change adaptation at community level
Climate change adaptation in rural social ecological systems
Mainstreaming DRR in community development programs
CBDRR in recovery �€“ the opportunity to build back better
Community preparedness for disaster response
Contingency planning to face exacerbated risk from climate change
Development of an end-end early warning system at local level
Public awareness in CBDRR
Capacity development and training in CBDRR

MODULE 5: Enabling Environments for CBDRR
National & sub-national institutional systems, policy formulation and Implementation
Integration of CBDRR into local governance
Advocacy for CBDRR

MODULE 6: Future Knowledge Applications and conclusions
Hands-on exercise on project concept development exercise
- Exercise on development of two project concept notes (in brief manner) using the knowledge from the earlier sessions
- Presentation of the project concept in groups and mock-evaluation of the proposals by a technical team, course conclusions and way forward
Post course action planning
- Post-test
- Course evaluation

Note: The curriculum shown is for general reference only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure. Please be noted that the issues on gender, children, and vulnerable groups are cross-cutting topics throughout the training course.


The standard course fee of USD2,375 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and electronic tablets shall be given to the participants for data storage and will be a part of the training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Discounted accommodation can be arranged by ADPC.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer not later than July 20, 2018. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.


CBDRR is a specialized course addressing to the competency and knowledge needs of operation level practitioners who are or will be involved in the design and implementation of CBDRR projects and programs in their organizations.

The course is open for participants from various sectors including local government departments, NGOs, INGOs, UN agencies, IFRC, national emergency response agencies and the private sector. Participants from policy and senior management levels of government, UN, donor organizations and INGOs are welcome if they are interested to learn about how CBDRR is operationalized.

As participants come from different countries and organizations, the class size will be limited to 25 people. ADPC will accept nominations on a first-come first-served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirements.


Drawing upon the rich repository of knowledge, experience, tools and case studies of ADPC and its partner organizations, the course is primarily designed to promote the sharing of relevant knowledge by encouraging participants to think creatively and utilize contemporary adult learning methods such as:

interactive lectures
field work
group work
classroom exercises

The principles of adult learning will be applied throughout the course.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met.

Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.