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ICT for Disaster Risk Management
Building e-resilience: Enhancing the role of ICTs for Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

Events that cause a state of emergency are, by definition, unexpected. From terrorist attacks to the rapid spread of communicable diseases to natural disasters, they cause disruption and distress. Dealing with the aftermath of any type of a disaster has many aspects. Each group of actors from government entities to the private sector, to community groups and the general public have roles to play. The lack of organized support services and access to infrastructure makes response and recovery a daunting task. For instance, when disasters occur in rural areas where access to transport and communication is poor it is harder to respond in a timely manner, and timely response is critical. What governments can do is to reduce the risks posed by disasters to the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Generally, the focus is on having policies in place so that when a disaster strikes, the chain of command outlined by the policy is followed and first responders are deployed quickly.

With advances made in technology, the sophistication of systems currently in place and the rapid pace at which new technologies and solutions emerge, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is proving to be an increasingly important tool in Disaster Risk Management (DRM). Traditionally, access to food, clothing and shelter has been prioritized. Today, it is argued, that access to communication systems is as important, as it enables key personnel to be connected in order to provide the basic needs to victims. The course aims to develop familiarity with the substantive issues related to ICTD from both a policy and technology perspective to provide a good understanding of what the current digital technology is capable of or where technology is headed, and what this implies for policymaking. 


Present your work and Leave with an action plan of best practices to apply immediately in your workplace.

This training will include:

  • Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is a field that greatly benefits from ICTs. The course provides an overview of DRM, its information and communication needs, and the applications of ICTs in its activities.
  • Understanding disaster risk
  • Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness for an effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.


Impact to you and your Organization:

  • Identify and describe the major activities in DRM (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery);
  • Identify some of the information challenges in DRM;
  • Discuss the relevance and usefulness of ICT applications for DRM;
  • Understand the policy issues for creating a suitable ICT framework for supporting DRM; and
  • Know the major regional and international cooperation mechanisms for the use of ICTs in DRM.


Who should Attend
This training Seminar is suitable for a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Policymakers at the national and local government level who are responsible for ICT policymaking;
  • Government officials responsible for the development and implementation of ICT-based applications; and
  • 3. Managers in the public sector seeking to employ ICT tools for project management


Compressed Program Outline

Introduction to Disaster Risk Management
Emerging uses of ICTs and Applications for DRM
The Need for Information in Disaster Risk Management
ICT For Disaster Mitigation
ICT For Disaster Preparedness
ICT For Disaster Response
ICT for Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction
Building Regional and International Networks
Applying IT Readiness for Business Continuity (IRBC)
Risk evaluation and Business Impact Analysis (BIA)
IT infrastructure for Disaster Management