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Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into National Development Process Course


Disaster risk within a country has its roots in development decisions that do not adequately address disaster concerns, and the resulting disasters are coming at the cost of development and poverty reduction. By not considering disaster risk in development planning, new risks could be unintentionally created or existing ones exacerbated through investments in infrastructure and public services, and through improper planning and regulation.

Thus it is essential that the process of development planning identifies and analyzes the underlying causes of risk, and factors in measures for risk reduction. By mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national development processes, disaster risk considerations can be made an integral part of development processes, especially in priority sectors such as agriculture, education, health, housing and roads.

This course has been developed to enhance the capacity of government officials, development partners and stakeholders involved in development planning to mainstream disaster risk reduction into development activities and practices.


5 days.


The course is particularly useful for government officials responsible for disaster risk reduction policy and planning, national development planning, land-use planning, local development or finance; representatives of national forums on the Millennium Development Goals; and related agencies.

The course will also benefit development professionals from development agencies (e.g., UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies and nongovernmental organizations), working closely with government agencies on issues related to development policy, planning and programs.


The goal of the course is to enhance understanding of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) into the development planning processes through building the capacities of government officials, development partners and stakeholders to implement disaster resilient development.

The specific objectives of the course include:

  • Increasing awareness among participants on the need to mainstream disaster risk reduction into the development planning processes
  • Enhancing the capacity of participants on ‘how to’ mainstream disaster risk reduction concerns into the national, sub-national, and sectoral development planning processes
  • Application of GIS and RS in disaster risk reduction
  • Providing a platform for experience sharing, discussion and interactive professional exchange on mainstreaming disaster reduction in development


The course will be delivered through three modules:

Module 1: Introduction to disaster risk reduction

  • Introduction to Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Terminologies related to DRR, discuss the
  • The comprehensive link between disasters and development,
  • Risk assessment
  • Use risk information to guide development decisions.

Module 2: Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into the development planning process 

  • Disaster loss data
  • Socio-economic impact of disasters
  • Macroeconomic impacts
  • Household and community impacts
  • Appreciation of the scope for enhanced resilience
  • Accountability
  • Political champions

Module 3: GIS and Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Basic GIS and RS concepts and terminologies in the context of disaster management.
  • Data sources for DRM.
  • Satellite image data sources for DRM.
  • GPS /mobile phone GPS for HV field GIS data collection using ODK.
  • Activity: GPS/mobile Course Tour.

Hazard, vulnerability and Risk assessment with GIS and RS

  • Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation, cost-benefit analysis.
  • Use of GIS in disaster preparedness planning.
  • Elements of risk, hazard and vulnerability assessment using GIS.
  • GIS Multi criteria analysis in vulnerability assessment.
  • Group discussion: Use of GIS and RS to map existing buildings, infrastructure, land use and critical facilities located in potential hazard areas.

Module 4: Application of Risk Information for Risk Reduction Planning

  • Visualization of risk information (Using QGIS/ILWIS/SAGA Software).
  • Risk mapping and database generation using Excel/QGIS and SAGA
  • Disaster monitoring: satellite image processing techniques for change detection
  • Creating a personal geodatabase for GIS emergency support manpower with personnel location information, contact information, and specialized skills.
  • Creating a risk map
    • Use of GIS and RS in the identification of the extent and magnitude of each hazard.

Module 5: Enabling environment for mainstreaming 

  • Legislation
  • Disaster risk management strategy
  • Institutional arrangements and capacity for disaster risk management
    • National government
    • Local government
      • Integration of disaster risk reduction into national and local government development planning
  • National Physical Framework Plan
  • National development plans
  • Local planning
  • Intra-government horizontal and vertical integration
  • Budgetary considerations
  • Project appraisal
  • Beyond platitudes: setting disaster risk reduction goals and related indicators
  • monitoring and evaluation for mainstreaming
  • Financing options for DRR


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.

For further inquiries, please contact us on 

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 training is delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises 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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Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 17th June 2019.

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Payment for all 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 24-06-2019
Event End Date 28-06-2019
Cut off date 17-06-2019
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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