Views from the Frontline: Beyond 2015

from Global Network for Disaster Reduction
Published on 15 May 2013 View Original

New report finds the Hyogo Framework for Action isn't working for the poorest

The report finds that, though the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 has increased awareness and understanding of disaster risk reduction, most respondents to the VFL survey report that disaster losses are still rising. Amongst the poorest that figure rises to 68%.

The Views from the Frontline: Beyond 2015 (VFL) report is published today by the Global Network for Disaster Reduction. The report draws on surveys in 57 countries, online and regional consultations, and a major global conference of GNDR members held at the Hague, the Netherlands in March 2013.

The VFL report 2013 calls for re-designing and implementing a framework beyond 2015 that addresses the needs of the majority of people who are most affected by disasters and makes the case that learning from frontline realities is key to achieving this affective change. The poorest at risk communities often have little choice but to assume primary responsibility for tackling the multiple shocks and stresses, both natural and human-induced, that affect them. More losses result from are 'everyday' small-scale disasters than the disasters measured in national disaster loss databases for the purposes of reporting against the HFA. So, amongst other things, the post-2015 framework needs to recognise the impact of everyday disasters on lives, livelihoods and assets and tackle the underlying causes of people's vulnerability to hazards.