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Concern Disaster Risk Reduction - Urban Contexts

Lead Author

Aaron Clark-Ginsberg
Disaster Risk Reduction Documentation Officer
Concern Worldwide

Executive Summary
This report describes Concern Worldwide’s approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR) in urban contexts. This context was chosen to showcase Concern’s approaches to addressing hazards common to urban areas – conflict, criminality, discrimination and marginalisation, unemployment, price spikes, contagious diseases, floods, and fires.
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.
Concern works closely with and for the poorest and most vulnerable people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives. Concern understands that disasters are a central factor causing and maintaining poverty, and has, for more than a decade and across more than 25 countries, been using DRR to address risks associated with disasters and contributing to building community resilience.
To innovate, improve, and capture good practices and lessons to be learned, Concern has documented its experiences in DRR and has produced a series of papers, based on its DRR programming in ten countries. Practitioners, policy makers and academics can use these papers to understand how Concern reduces risk in different geographic contexts and with different hazards.

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