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Risk Governance

Safer Development through Risk Governance

The Risk Governance department of ADPC aims to ensure that policies and practices driving development in Asia and the Pacific include effective measures to reduce disaster and climate change risks equitably and transparently. The department works towards improving disaster risk management systems, integrating risk in investment decisions, and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships by providing technical support to communities, national and local governments, and private sector organizations.

Risk Governance as a concept emphasizes the importance of involving all segments of society, such as governments, academia, civil society organizations, the private sector, media, and the political leadership, in risk reduction activities. It refers to the way in which all these stakeholders coordinate, consult, and take actions for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

ADPC's Risk Governance framework puts gender and diversity at the heart of DRR and promotes the use of sex-age-disability-disaggregated (SADD) data for formulating policies and designing plans and programs. We also work towards improving regional and cross-boundary cooperation for DRR and CCA.

Assisting countries in strengthening risk governance through mainstreaming disaster risk into development:

This involves mainstreaming disaster risk into development policy for the improvement of disaster risk reduction systems, investment decisions, and climate change adaptation actions. It is vital that, as stated by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the underlying risks are considered during policy development and decision-making. By 2020, the department aims to have helped selected countries in Asia and the Pacific mainstream DRR and CCA into national, sub-national, municipal, city and local development policies and sectoral plans.

Providing technical support to communities and private sector organizations:

This involves assisting national and local governments to translate their risk reduction and sustainable development commitments into action plans and implementable programs, which ensure that the capacity and resources are available to implement local level risk reduction measures. The department also aims to increase private sector investment in disaster resilience at national and sub-national levels. This will be done by highlighting the actions, information, market conditions and investment tools/mechanisms needed by the private sector to increase investment in disaster resilience.

Promoting gender-sensitive disaster preparedness and development policies and plans:

Good governance refers to ensuring that vulnerable voices are heard and considered during decision-making in order to ensure that decisions are equitable. This is particularly relevant in disaster management, as it is the most vulnerable in society who are most negatively impacted by disasters. Therefore, listening to their needs and applying a bottom-up approach is a more effective method of DRR. The department aims to make this a priority by understanding and integrating women and marginalized groups into risk governance in their local regions and countries. It aims to develop an evidence base for prioritization by supporting the collection and use of sex-age-disability-disaggregated (SADD) data to support governments to address their commitments under international equality, protection, and development obligations.

Promoting regional and transboundary cooperation for disaster risk reduction:

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction states that cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships with organizations across different sectors are vital in disaster risk management and risk governance. As part of ADPC' s 2020 Strategy, the department is focusing on three cross-cutting themes, with one of them being regional and transboundary cooperation for disaster risk management across the region and different sectors. As a part of this strategy, the Risk Governance department aims to support National Disaster Management Organizations (NDMOs) to improve coordination between national and local authorities.