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Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Canada’s Total Contribution: $5,370,000

Targeted Countries: Cambodia Indonesia Philippines Thailand Vietnam

Funding Period: 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Delivery Partner(s):


This project aims to reduce the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations in Southeast Asia by providing support to governments and civil society to manage and reduce disaster risk. In doing so, the project also seeks to support economic growth and maintain the development gains already made in the region. Project activities involve support for reducing disaster risk and increasing resilience in communities, for example through the development of disaster risk financing, including insurance. In addition, this project demonstrates Canada’s dedication to climate change action in developing countries through the incorporation of viable, adaptive strategies into existing disaster risk management initiatives.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The expected intermediate results for this project include improved representation of community issues, including gender equality issues, in national disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programs. The project will also contribute to increasing the effectiveness of Southeast Asia regional disaster risk reduction cooperation mechanisms, such as the disaster risk reduction (DRR) goals of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which address the needs of vulnerable communities.

Canadian Urban Institute - International Urban Partnerships Program 2010-2013

Canada’s Total Contribution: $3,568,364

Targeted Countries: Ethiopia Jamaica Philippines

Funding Period: 2009/2010

Delivery Partner(s):

  • Canada Urban Institute


The goal of the Canadian Urban Institute's International Urban Partnerships Program (IUPP) is to advance sustainable economic growth and development in urban regions in developing countries, consistent with the countries' national development agendas. The program aims to improve citizens' quality of life by improving urban management and national and local policies. It contributes to reducing poverty through initiatives that address the environmental and social impacts of rapid urbanisation, while promoting the adoption of good governance practices. The program facilitates the transfer of innovative solutions for urban sustainability between developing countries, at both the institutional and peer levels, thereby strengthening professional relationships that promote learning. This transfer of innovative solutions leads to building a body of knowledge about sustainable economic growth and the development of southern urban regions. Program activities include: strengthening the skills of partners and local stakeholders in growth management, sustainable development, resource leveraging, governance, service delivery, and addressing gender equality; researching, adapting, and promoting methods and tools to address urban issues identified in local strategies and plans; providing technical advice and financial support for pilot initiatives that address priority urban issues.
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Results/Expected Outcomes

Results achieved at the end of the project include the adoption of 18 new participatory mechanisms in support of long-range planning and implementation of development plans in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, Jamaica; neighbourhood upgrading, waterfront planning and downtown revitalization in Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; and collaborative action research on the state of Tigum-Aganan watershed and use of a bio-regional approach to disaster risk reduction and management in Metro Iloilo-Guimaras, Philippines. More than 8,500 individuals were directly involved in the project, including 923 individuals (401 female, 522 male) who benefited from coaching/mentoring and capacity building activities organized by the project. They were involved in demonstration projects related to tourism, agribusiness, micro and small enterprise development and downtown revitalization in Jamaica; urban agriculture, solid waste management, cobblestone roads and drainage systems, waterfront regeneration and downtown revitalization in Ethiopia; and ecotourism and sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines. Some of these projects have been scaled up, creating jobs and attracting investments. For example, projects in Jamaica attracted about $1.1 million in investment and created 207 jobs in the two parishes. These results have contributed to increased influence of citizens and communities in local planning and policy making; improved practises and systems of local governments and community organizations in protecting their environment; and increased implementation of sustainable local economic development practices in a manner that enhances the lives of women, men and youth.
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