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February 2005
updated July/August 2006

The role of local level institutions in reducing vulnerability to natural disasters and in sustainable livelihood development

Disaster Risk Management: A dimension of Sustainable Development

Poverty alleviation, development and disaster risk reduction are strongly interdependent. Disasters are more destructive in developing countries and disaster risk often accumulates historically through inappropriate development interventions or shortcomings of development policies. Furthermore disasters hold back development and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Rural Institutions and Participation Service, SDAR, supports the view that “effective integration of disaster risk reduction into development, notably through strengthening the role and performance of rural institutions, will help transform ‘vicious’ spirals of failed development risk accumulation and disaster losses into ‘virtuous’ spirals of development risk reduction and effective disaster response” .

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