Resilient Communities

Student learn disaster risk management

Students learn disaster risk management at school.
Photo by: Tineke D'haese

We believe that addressing existing vulnerabilities, mitigating hazards and risks, and adapting to the impact of climate change requires whole-system capacity-building and transformation. At the foundation of these efforts are women and men in poverty, who must have access to the relevant information and resources so that they are enabled to address their situation, improve their level of preparedness and their capacity to respond to disaster events, innovate in their livelihoods and reduce their vulnerability.


Deprived people, especially women, living in disaster-prone areas are less affected by shocks, stresses and uncertainties, and thrive in the face of them.

What we want to achieve

  • To implement, with partners, high-quality and timely humanitarian responses that meet disaster-affected people’s (especially women) immediate needs and recovery needs, whilst supporting their future preparedness and resilience.

  • To support deprived women and men in rural and urban communities to build their adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change, as well as natural and man-made disasters.

  • To influence the GOL, local governments, INGOs, the corporate sector, and international organisations towards more strategic disaster response that addresses root causes of vulnerability and builds poor people’s resilience.

How we achieve it

  • Ensuring high-quality humanitarian response by building the capacity of partners, local government and other actors to undertake coordinated emergency responses that adhere to SPHERE standards, with particular emphasis on the promotion of women’s participation and leadership.

  • Supporting the development of resilient communities through appropriate and adapted disaster risk reduction planning and collaborative approaches linked to the government Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP).

  • Supporting efforts towards greater, more effective learning and coordination across the UN system, disaster management working groups, corporate sector, and government networks towards better information and resource sharing, programming, and humanitarian response.

Our partners and relevant stakholders

  • Lao Red Cross.

  • National ministries and sub-national agencies (Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment).

  • Mass organisations.

  • Educational institutions.

  • Research and academic institutions.

  • Corporate sector organisations.

  • UN Cluster system.

  • OCHA, and AADMER partners in the region.