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The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is hosting a seminar that explores why considerations of conflict are missing from Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy, programming and financing architecture.


ODI research uncovers the political and institutional barriers to adapting DRR policy, practice and overseas development assistance to fragile or conflict-affected contexts. It reveals a hesitancy to explore the relationship between disasters and conflict, and tendency to prioritise peace and security over DRR in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. 

Event Programme

The event hosts open and frank discussions on why DRR policy, programming and financing has yet to be sufficiently applied to conflict and fragile contexts, exploring the following questions:

  • What are some of the blockages and challenges to DRR in these contexts?
  • What innovative and practical steps can be taken to support the implementation of the SFDRR in conflict and fragile settings?


  • Amjad Abbashar - Head of Regional Office for Africa, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Dr Thomas Helfen - Head of Division Peace and Security, Disaster Risk Management at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Ayesha Siddiqi - Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Katie Peters - Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
  • Rina Meutia - Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank (via videolink)

The event is chaired by Sara Pantuliano  - Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute


Registration for this event via link on the ODI website

Thursday, 7 June, 2018 - 16:00 to 16:30
Event location: 
OBI headquarters, London
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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