Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction


In May 2015, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted the Sendai Declaration, urging states to better understand disaster risk, strengthen disaster risk governance, invest in disaster risk reduction and enhance disaster response to ‘Build Back Better’.

Course Overview

This course will provide those involved in disaster risk reduction with a clear understanding of the challenging dynamics of designing policies, mobilising resources and leveraging technology to reduce the risks and effects of disasters.

Interactive learning will support participants’ understanding of key issues in disaster risk reduction and strategic planning, such as monitoring risks, effective resourcing and coordinating fair and even delivery. By applying strategic planning tools throughout the training, participants will leave equipped to design and implement comprehensive plans that consider long-term trends and sustainability in disaster risk reduction planning that are supported by technology and the media.

A comprehensive analysis of the mechanisms behind strategic relief planning will be provided, with subjects to be discussed including:

  • Proactive vs. reactive policies for risk reduction
  • Resource allocation and mobilisation
  • Identify the causes and impacts of various hazards locally, regionally, globally
  • Monitoring risks
  • Conduct disaster risk monitoring using appropriate methods and tools
  • Technology and emergency planning

Experts in the field will lead this training through interactive workshops, lectures and best practice case studies, fostering innovation, creating learning and networking amongst peers.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the delegates will be able to:

  • Develop, construct and implement DRR plans
  • Lead effective organisational change
  • Apply the key principles of proactive disaster risk reduction planning to your organisation
  • Improve resourcing and coordination for relief, whilst reducing disaster risks
  • Analyse, enhance and evaluate performance
  • Deliver services that better and more fairly meet stakeholder needs

What Learners Say

Coastal Zone Management Unit

“ Each day's sessions were very interactive and informative. The trainer was eager to respond to all questions asked and demonstrated that he has a wealth of experience in the field of disaster management. This gave me confidence in the trainer and the knowledge that he shared “


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