Date:  18 - 29 Jul 2011

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand

CBDRR participants acquire tools and obtain knowledge on how to design and implement programs for reducing disaster risks and vulnerability and building community capacity to promote a culture of safety and self-reliance in dealing with disaster risk on their own. Through exercises and simulations, participants practice risk assessment and risk reduction planning.




The fundamental principle of community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) involves the development and support of bottom up processes arising from the communitys recognition of its own needs and aspirations, and implementation of actions to address them.The CBDRR course provides an opportunity to practitioners to learn, upgrade and share essential skills and knowledge to systematically address disaster risk reduction challenges at the community level and to facilitate processes to reduce disaster risk of vulnerable communities.

CBDRR participants acquire tools and obtain knowledge on how to design and implement programs for reducing disaster risks and vulnerability and building community capacity to promote a culture of safety and self-reliance in dealing with disaster risk on their own. Through exercises and simulations, participants practice risk assessment and risk reduction planning.

The participants will have a chance to learn and discuss about globally acknowledged programs and approaches on community based disaster risk reduction from leaders of these initiatives, with a particular focus on examples from South and South East Asian regions. The CBDRR course tackles the issues in disaster risk reduction from a developmental perspective, discusses the issues and problems concerning sustainability, replication/ adaptation of CBDRR practice and integration of risk reduction plans with government and non-government development plans.


The course will train participants to be able to:

  • Examine various models of disaster risk management;
  • Design and conduct community based disaster risk assessment;
  • Identify measures for hazard & vulnerability reduction, and community capacity building;
  • Prepare a risk reduction plan and understand how to integrate with community level developmental programs;
  • Analyze problems in the implementation of community based risk reduction plans;
  • Describe areas of professional development to become a good CBDRR practitioner;
  • Build commitment and value systems to promote community empowerment


The course is extended over 10 workdays structured around the following modules.

MODULE 1: Context of CBDRR

  • Risks and trends: disasters in Asia
  • Understanding terminologies and evolving approaches in disaster management
  • Linking DRR with development CBDRR practitioners perspectives
  • CBDRR and climate change adaptation
  • Strengthening livelihoods through Disaster Resilience

MODULE 2: CBDRR Framework

  • Disaster risk management models and approaches relevant to CBDRR
  • CBDRR features: elements, processes and outcomes
  • Values, ethics, commitment and accountability of CBDRR Practitioners

MODULE 3: Participatory Community Disaster Risk Assessment

  • Introduction to participatory community risk assessment (PCRA)
  • Hazard, vulnerability, and capacity assessment
  • Using results of HVCA in measuring disaster risk
  • Tools and techniques for PCRA-introduction and classroom practices
  • Contextual application and use of tools
  • Stakeholder & resource analysis

MODULE 4: Participatory Disaster Risk Reduction Planning

  • Overview of disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Participatory community risk reduction plan
  • Building a community disaster risk organization (team)
  • Community training
  • Partnership for community risk reduction
  • Mobilizing resources for CBDRR planning and implementation
  • Participatory monitoring and evaluation for CBDRR

MODULE 5: Community Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation

  • Risk reduction measures
  • Preparedness for community in the area such as early warning, public health in emergencies, evacuation, and search & rescue
  • Gender sensitive DRR
  • School-based and child focused DRR
  • Public awareness and disaster risk communication
  • Advocacy for CBDRR
  • Risk transfer and insurance for the poor and vulnerable

MODULE 6: CBDRR Program Implementation Challenges and Solutions

  • CBDRR in recovery period
  • CBDRR in urban areas
  • Linking CBDRR into national and local government programs for disaster management and development
  • Mainstreaming CBDRR into community development work

MODULE 7: Re-entering the Real World Making a Difference

  • Action Plan on Re-Entry to the participants organization

Note: The curriculum shown is for guidance only. ADPCs ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.


CBDRR is a specialized course catering to the competency and knowledge needs of operation level people who are or would be involved in designing and implementing CBDRR projects and programs in their organizations.Participants come from many sectors including, local government departments, NGOs, INGOs, UN, IFRC, 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 in learning to learn about how CBDRR is operationalized. As course participants come from a diverse range of countries and organizations, and the class size is limited to 30 persons, ADPC accepts nominations from Asia and the Pacific on a first come, first served basis, provided the applicant meets the course requirements. A limited number of participants from other regions will also be accepted, on a case by case and "first come first served" basis.


Regionally experienced practitioners and experts from APDC and its partner organizations such as Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP), The Philippines and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), India conduct and facilitate the CBDRR course.


Drawing upon the rich repository of knowledge, experience, tools and case studies of ADPC and other 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, presentation, classroom exercises, and discussions.All of us will be learners and will learn from each other from resource persons, facilitators and participants.


All teaching and reference materials are in English.Participants must be fully conversant in English.

Applicants are highly recommended to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately US$55-65 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.

Course Fee
Package with accommodation: US$2,950

The standard course fee of US$2,950 covers the course tuition, training materials, accommodation with breakfast (13 nights), two break refreshments & lunch during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by the organizations. An application form can be downloaded below. Application form should be submitted to ADPC by 10th June 2011 through email, fax or postal mail. Pre-course information will be provided once you have been accepted for the course.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC account through bank or International Demand Draft (DD) no later than 17th June 2011. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal cheques 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 3 weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within 3 weeks prior to course commencement.


Training Services Unit (TSU)
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center

979/66-70, 24th Floor SM Tower
Paholyothin Road, Samsen Nai Phayathai
Bangkok, 10400
Tel: +66 (02) 298 0681-92
Fax: +66 (02) 298 0012-13