Community Members Planting

Innovative solutions for DRR and climate change adaptation
Lessons learned from award winning projects

Side Event at the GP 2022, 26 May 2022, 10:30 (CET)

We will be hosting a virtual side event at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022, hosted by the UNDRR, on our RISK Award winning DRR-projects. The presenting organisations (NGOs and academia) come from Chile, India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. All have developed different innovative project ideas for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. They have implemented their projects as blueprints on a local level with the help of the RISK Award funding (€ 100,000). The four approaches tackled four different important aspects of DRR: 

  • Inclusion of people with disabilities 
  • Community-based adaptation including women and youths 
  • Nature-based solutions using mangroves 
  • Alternative home and living concepts in a changing, flood-impacted, environment 

The project owners will show how eminently important DRR projects can be implemented and set on a path to sustainability with local participation, limited financial resources, but great motivation, visibility and perseverance.

Register here

Agenda date 26 May 2022
Agenda time 10:30 - 12:00 (CET) / 16.30 - 18:00 (Bali UTC+8)
Location Singaraja Hall 2, BNDCC 1-1st Floor and online
Online access via Zoom: Link
Participation Open to everyone
Language/Interpretation Language: EN / Interpretation: ES (closed captioning is available)

Session objectives

We want to discuss solutions for the following questions: 

  • What are the success factors to make a pilot project work? 
  • How do you achieve the participation of as many population groups as possible?  
  • Long-term funding of projects is often a problem in NGO-run projects. How was this dealt with here? 
  • What role do local governments play?  
  • What are the hurdles and challenges in scaling up local DRR interventions? What are potential strategies to overcome them?


  1. Ms. Shweta Gupta
    Executive Director International Center of EQUI-T and its CSR Centre at the All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), India
  2. Mr. Carlos Kaiser
    Director, ONG Inclusiva, Chile 
  3. Mr. Nandan Mukherjee
    Post-Doctoral Research and Communication Specialist in the UNESCO Centre for Water Law Policy and Science at The University of Dundee, UK/Bangladesh
  4. Ms. My Pham
    PhD Student Potsdam University, Germany, Consultant, Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD), Vietnam
© Munich Re Foundation
Shweta Gupta
Carlos Kaiser
Nandan Mukherjee
My Pham


Ms. Renate Bleich
Chair, Munich Re Foundation, Germany

Where do we stand

The Sendai Framework turns 7 years old this year. It calls for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM) to become integral parts of policy planning at every level (national, regional, local). This process has long since begun to bear fruit. Nevertheless, there are gaps in the system that need to be filled by other stakeholders if we want to make society as a whole more resilient. Other stakeholders can be NGOs or academic institutions, as in the case of the RISK Award. Innovative, quick implementations often succeed better in this context and can create blueprints on a small scale that have scaling potential. If these projects then meet with a well-prepared policy, major resilience advances can be achieved. 

Session guiding questions

  • Disaster risk reduction should be the task of governments. Nevertheless, what roles can and must be played by other actors such as NGOs in many places? 
  • How can a cooperation between NGOs and local/regional/national governments look like? 
  • NGO-based approaches to DRR are often dependent on donor funding, which is often temporary. How can future financing for DRR look like to reduce this dependency? 
  • What conditions need to be in place to scale blueprints sustainably? 

Global Platform for DRR and co-hosts of our Side Event


Mr. Christian Barthelt, Munich Re Foundation

Ms. Roufa Khanum, Resilience Solution

Mr. Nandan Mukherjee, Dundee University

Related documents

Mangroves CSRD
© CSRD / Strong Roots Strong Women