Welcome to the online component of the leadership in disaster risk management program. 

Over the next 12 weeks you will work though six learning modules:

The six modules will aim to bring you all to a common, basic standard of understanding of both how the sector and how Plan International functions in relation to disaster risk management. 

We are assuming that some people who are enrolled on this program will have lots of experience of disaster risk management and some will have none. We have therefore aimed at giving a broad overview but with a good number of links to further resources wherever relevant for those who wish to explore the topics further.

Module 1. will introduce you to the humanitarian sector, and the broadly shared principles and standards that underpin international Disaster Risk Management and humanitarian response.  In recent years these principles and standards have been increasingly challenged by evolving contexts and changing needs.  We therefore need to be aware of the challenges this presents for the humanitarian sector, and Plan International, as it seeks to appropriately and effectively support those affected by disasters.

Module 2 will provide you with a broad overview of the humanitarian system which comes into play when there is a declared emergency.  It will look at the state of the system as it is today, and the approaches it is taking towards ensuring it can be as effective as possible.

Module 2 will also look at the range of actors, both at international and country level, involved in supporting people affected by disasters. Without appropriate coordination and collaboration, our efforts to provide assistance will be less than effective.  So we'll also examine the various coordination and funding mechanisms that allow individuals and organisations to work together, and explore how you should be engaging with them prior to an emergency occurring.

In module 3 you will review the country Disaster Preparedness Plan (DPP).  These are often approached as a ‘tick box’ exercise, however in this module we’ll discuss how and why they are an essential planning process.  During the Leadership in DRM program you will be supported to work to improve your country DPP (or develop it if you don’t have one).

In module 4 you will be introduced to the new (draft) Disaster Risk Management manual which outlines the various roles and responsibilities across Plan International, the decisions that need to be made and the procedures and processes that support emergency response.

Our global strategy is focused on ensuring children, especially girls, are educated and have the skills for work and life, take action on issues that matter to them, have control over their lives and bodies and grow up cared for, free from violence and fear.

In Disaster Risk Management this means we focus our programming and advocacy around child protection, economic empowerment and education in emergencies.  In this module you will have the opportunity to reflect on how we at Plan International support children in disasters to learn, lead, decide and thrive.

The 6th and last module of the Leadership in DRM program is focused on the quality of disaster risk management programming.  We have selected 3 areas of emergency response strategy and design which are often clouded in jargon and in some cases, completely neglected.

The face to face workshop will be a challenging and enjoyable five days. 

Find out more about the five days here and what you need to do beforehand in order to come prepared.