African Center for Disaster Risk Management Trained

Intergovernmental Authority on

Development (IGAD) Member Countries


"I found this training the most beneficial one during my lifetime” said one participant among the seventeen representatives from Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. They successfully completed the course on Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Level Programme on TOT in Risk Assessment and Analysis under the Eastern Africa Disaster Risk Management Sub-Regional Programme which is funded by ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility. The course was held at Global Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last June 10-15, 2013.

Various terminologies in disaster risk reduction (DRR) have surfaced in recent years to convey the essence of different DRR concepts. Hence, standard definitions are needed to establish common understanding of the terms and concepts. This course provided clarity on the concepts and terms use in the realm of DRR and Disaster Management.

This course introduces participants to the principles and tools of conducting a disaster risk assessment premised on the following Disaster Risk formula:

Disaster Risk = Hazard x Vulnerability


The course provided understanding on the key ideas and practical steps in undertaking hazard, vulnerability and capacity assessments in order to come up with the disaster risk assessment and analysis. It concludes with the other key considerations in disaster risk assessment, namely risk perception and gender.

Its 100% fantastic and participatory and you don’t get bored” and “Its challenging, engaging and allows for on the spot learning” said by many participants. The course employed a practicum approach, participants with the tools and methodologies facilitate communities to assess disaster risk. It also equips participants with the skills as well as appropriate methods and tools to develop and design resilience indicators based from disaster risk assessment results and develop a disaster risk reduction measures (development and contingency plan) as well as mechanism of monitoring and evaluation and learning. Institutional arrangement was analysed to ensure perspectives are gained for more effective and efficient way of doing things for different levels of operation towards achieving resilient communities.

The participants were taught how to develop an action plan for implementation in their respective places of work. They learnt to develop a realistic, concrete and doable action plan that considers the inputs from co- participants and the facilitators.


International Course on Disaster Risk Management

Held for Africa

The African Center for Disaster Risk Management (ACDRM) successfully concluded the First International Master Courses on Disaster Risk Management last April 22- May 3, 2013. All in all there were 25 participants successfully completed the course from different countries such as Ethiopia, Somali Land, Kenya and the Philippines.

Participants comment:

“The course is excellent from the beginning till the end, keep it up”



“It has been a wonderful moment” expressed by many participants in their course evaluation.

The course is a designed to respond to the challenges of the time. The devastating impact of disasters events has increased three-fold in a 20 year period from 1970's. The resulting economic losses have increased five fold. Communities all over the world are facing serious challenges towards establishing a sustained development due to the effect of changing climate patterns. Climate and disaster risks have become a major and urgent challenge of our time to human security - ecological and developmental - and which may worsen food insecurity, poverty, the spread of HIV/AIDS, forced migration and conflict.

Disasters will continue to undermine development progress and change the environments in which we live. Along with structural causes, disasters have profoundly worsened due to societal neglect of their true causes.

Government Development organizations as well as NGO sector have widely in need of knowledge and tool to enhance their climate smart and disaster risk reduction initiatives to ensure it can help to withstand and bounce back from any eventualities. This 12 days course provides relevant and useful knowledge on disaster risk reduction and skills on facilitating learning to other stakeholders.


Course Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants able to:

  1. Define the different terminologies use in the realm of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Disaster Management (DM).

  2. Identify the different models of disaster risk management and disaster management.

  3. Describe the process of disaster risk management

  4. Demonstrate the risk assessment process

  5. Develop and list effective DRM strategies and system based from the result of risk assessment

  6. Describe and list the institutional requirement to be effective and efficient in DRM.

  7. Identify the process of monitoring and evaluation system that would measure progress DRM initiatives

  8. Identify enabling environment that would scale up the DRM initiatives.

  9. Demonstrate the process of training design development and session plans and delivery
  10. list essential skills for effective learning facilitators of DRM

 I like the energizing session and methods used" said a participant and "The teaching method is excellent". The course method maximizes participants experience to further enhance learning. It employs interactive learning methods such as group works, classroom exercises, focus group discussion, games, videos and lectures. Each participants at the end of each day reflected and written their journals on their insights of the course content and process. There was also an Institutional visit at DRMFSS Disaster Command and Control Center. This course brought participants from diverse backgrounds and provides opportunities for information exchange among participants, resource persons and visiting observers. 

The course was facilitate by well-experienced and internationally recognized resource persons from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and other agencies involved in disaster risk management such as UNDP, FAO, Addis Ababa University and Cordaid.

The ACDRM will continue to build Champions on Disaster Risk Management to broaden human resource (expertise) base of the center and of the region. The Second International Masters Course on Disaster Risk Management will be on July 15 - 26, 2013.



ACDRM Launching Ceremony

In response to the ever increasing frequency and intensity of disasters in Africa and in particular in the Region, the Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) of Addis Ababa University and the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) have established the African Centre for Disaster Risk Management.


Addis Ababa University in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture inaugurates

African Center for Disaster Risk Management (ACDRM)

Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), President, AAU, in his opening speech said “the main objective of the center is to respond to capacity building needs on disaster risk management in Ethiopia as well as other African countries. AAU is in the process of reform to make meaningful contributions to development issues and the alleviation of poverty including disaster risk management in the country.” Dr. Admasu promised that as the Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Center and President of the University, he will do all his best to provide all the necessary support to this new and young center.

In line with this, H.E. Ato Mitku Kassa, State Minister, Ministry of Agriculture in his key note address stated that the inauguration of African Center for Disaster Risk Management is one of the tools that respond to capacity gap on disaster risk management and standardized conceptualization of the subject and its substances across African Nations.

“Since disaster risk management is part of sustainable development and recently getting momentum in being mainstreamed into development policies, the need for highly qualified professionals integrating the context with different sectors is much anticipated.” His Excellency added.

Established in December 2012 at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Addis Ababa University through the Memorandum of Agreement between Ministry of Agriculture and Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector of Addis Ababa University, the African Center for Disaster Risk Management is a product of a consultative fact finding mission.

Having the vision of enabling resilient communities and sustainable environment through disaster risk management and climate change adaptation and mitigation, the new center planned to achieve an effective disaster risk management system through the building of community resilience, awareness raising, strengthening of institutional mechanisms, enhancement of knowledge and skill, and facilitation of the exchange of information and experience.

The center primarily has two units, Research and Community Outreach and Policy, Partnership and Networking. The Policy, Partnership and Networking, unit is responsible to promote and share knowledge effectively for wider impact to decision makers, practitioners and communities.

Addis Ababa University in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture inaugurates African Center for Disaster Risk Management (ACDRM) in a special ceremony the University has organized at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences’ Conference Hall on April 19, 2013.
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