27th Training Course on Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Date:  19 - 30 Aug 2019

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


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 for 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.


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
• presentations
• classroom exercises
• discussions

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


The standard course fee of USD2,375 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and 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 The registration and payment should be made at least one month before the course commence.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer at least one month before course commence. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.


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.