Author: Laetitia Antonowicz, Allison Anderson and Louise Wetheridge
Year: 2010
Full Citation: Antonowicz, L., Anderson, A., & Wetheridge, L. (2010). Child-centred disaster risk reduction: Building resilience through participation. Lessons from Plan International. London, UK: Plan UK. Retrieved from
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Overview: This publication provides an overview of Plan’s child-centred disaster risk reduction work. It presents the results and recommendations of a five-year programme and should be essential reading for anyone concerned about reducing the impacts of disasters and particularly valuable for development and humanitarian practitioners, donors and policy makers. It includes a series of case studies illustrating how child-centred DRR supports the delivery of the Hyogo Framework’s Priorities for Action, as well as the realisation of children’s rights to education, health and participation within disaster risk contexts.
Findings: The findings presented here are primarily the result of the achievements of thousands of children committed to building the resilience of their communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Indonesia, Philippines, and Sierra Leone. Many of them stepped confidently well beyond the confines of their families, schools and communities to urge governments and international agencies to prioritise the needs and views of young people.

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