One of the key lessons learned from phase I and II is that non-traditional actors can play a crucial role in safeguarding sustainable development and dealing with current and future risks. The complex nature of risks, ambiguity and uncertainties have to be considered in planning and financing processes of different sectors. The competences and institutional capacities of policy- and decision-makers need to be strengthened to address risks. This is why, GIDRM’s third phase from November 2020 until October 2023 focuses on risk governance and risk-informed development.
Despite an increasing understanding of the complexity of risks, these are not always adequately taken into account in development planning and programming, either in the partner regions and countries or by international donors. A lack of ability to understand and manage systemic risks jeopardizes the achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) and the Sustainable Development Goals. Disasters suddenly destroy long-term development successes and reduce the development opportunities of countries. Against this background, the third phase of GIDRM is geared towards strengthening risk-informed development.
To safeguard development, we must consider complex risks. Risk-informed planning and development will result in critical infrastructure (e.g. hospitals, transport routes) being better protected and makes a crucially important contribution to protecting vulnerable and poverty-affected sections of the population. In fragile and conflict-affected states, RID is a key concept in enhancing governance and helping achieve stability. In urban centres, risk-informed action in urban planning is the basis for producing sustainable development concepts.
GIDRM III aims at strengthening capacities and skills of selected decision-makers and regional organisations and initiatives in Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America to enable them to use risk-informed development while taking account of context-specific fragility factors.