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Charity calls for better disaster planning

Charity RedR has urged non-governmental organisations to incorporate disaster risk reduction into their aid and development programmes.

Its Learning Needs Assessment survey found that respondents had experienced significant variation in approaches to DRR.

Respondents identified five areas that would help effectively incorporate DRR into humanitarian work – including conducting risk assessments in communities.

The poll results, which include anecdotal responses from 146 participants, form the basis of RedR’s five-day course Disaster Risk Reduction in Emergencies.

RedR director of learning and development Charlie Dalrymple said: “The results of this survey show there is much work to do to make sure DRR is incorporated into aid and development programmes and to ensure that humanitarian and development professionals are pulling in the same direction.”

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