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Community Based Risk Reduction Course


Community-based disaster management refers to risk reduction programs designed primarily by and for the people in certain disaster-prone areas. Disaster mitigation using government and institutional interventions alone is insufficient because they pay little attention to addressing community dynamics or perceptions.

 At the same time, local communities are often either unaware of these formal disaster management interventions or they find the interventions inappropriate due to the lack of recognition of community’s vulnerabilities and capacities, or they lack the external resources or technical support to supplement their own initiatives and capacity. Just as every individual, family, organization, business, and public service within a community will be affected by a disaster; each has a role to play in managing disaster. Looking at it practically, the multitude of actions must be taken to implement an effective disaster management program requires the participation of the entire community

Risk and risk reduction has increasingly established itself in the rhetoric of government and non-government actors in the world over.  As risk reduction activities have proliferated, we are increasingly held to account, has risk been reduced?  It is a difficult question to answer.  What is the evidence risk has been reduced or not?

Part of the difficulty is simply the confusion around the terminology.  Risk and risk reduction have a precise technical definition which is often confused with more general notions of the word.  This lack of clarity is reflected in the often asked question, what is the difference between community development work and risk reduction activities?

Distinguishing risk from general needs is important.  Communities, removed from the cumbersome lexicon of the development sector, are clear on the risks they face.  They are also clear on what must be done to reduce their exposure or vulnerability to those risks.  Community risk assessment is a process intended to systematically identify those risks and actions to reduce risk.  Our experience suggests that whilst community assessments comply with outlined methodologies, they do not in fact identify risk, but rather prioritize community development needs.  In part, our difficulty in proving that risk has been reduced begins at this point.

This training aims at demystifying community based risk reduction and understanding the core concepts of the practice through defining the roles of all players and the roles of communities.


5 days.


Professionals of all disciplines who are interested in learning better ways to manage local level disaster risks and contribute towards a sustainable community development, mid-level professionals in community-based disaster risk management, post-conflict / post-disaster humanitarian response, reconstruction and sustainable community-based development sectors get most out of this course.


  • Discuss the key hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities at the local level

  • Describe the administrative, political, social and economic structure of the area

  • Explain the rationale and process of community-based disaster risk management

  • Define the key terms and concepts like hazard, vulnerability, capacity, risk, disaster, disaster risk reduction

  • Describe the role of local authorities in Community-based Disaster Risk Management
  • Discuss the Disaster Risk Management System in your country


This course covers the following topics will be delivered through the online and face-to-face components:

  • Introduction to Community Based Risk Assessment (CBRA)

    • Definition of terms relevant to the CBRA

    The process of carrying out CBRA

    • Initiating the process
    • Community Profiling -
    • Community Risk Assessment
    • Formulation of Initial Disaster Risk Reduction Plan
    • Formation of Community disaster response organization
    • Implementation of short-, medium-, and long-term risk reduction measures, activities, projects and programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation

    Hazard Assessment and CVA matrix

    Risk assessment and CBRA report

    • Preparing a CBRA report
    • Practicing the tools

    Views on community-based disaster risk management

    • The Bottom-Up approach

    Community based disaster risk assessment

    • Components of community based disaster risk assessment
    • Purpose of Community based disaster risk assessment

    Pressure and release model: progression of vulnerability

    • Cause and effect in the Disaster Pressure model

    Actors in disaster risk management at community level and their specific roles

    Policies and legislative requirements for Community based Risk Reduction


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

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Tel: +254 (020) 211 3814.

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Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor-led pieces of training are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 12th AUGUST 2019.

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Payment for all the courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 19-08-2019
Event End Date 23-08-2019
Cut off date 12-08-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 69,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 790
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 920
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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