Disastrous Floods in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kasese District of Uganda

Disastrous Floods in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kasese District of Uganda By: Dr Yazidhi Bamutaze Uganda’s disaster risk management capabilities and disaster resilience were put to the test in the first half of the year 2020. Uganda…

Indigenous Practices of Containing the Infection of COVID-19 in India

Indigenous Practices of Containing the Infection of COVID-19 in India By: Dr Madhulika Sahoo Over 104 million tribal people live in India, spread across 705 tribes (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2018).  They account for 8.6% of the country’s…

Fighting Fire with Fire: Tackling Australia Bushfires with Indigenous Knowledge

Fighting Fire with Fire: Tackling Australia Bushfires with Indigenous Knowledge By: Adelle Lim At a time when most people look forward to summer breaks enjoying on a beach or simply going outdoors, much of Australia was shrouded in thick plumes…

Design for Accessible-to-All Toilets Using Lego Models: Update from ADN’s Junior Champion

Design for Accessible-to-All Toilets Using Lego Models: Update from ADN’s Junior Champion By: Arkoneil Ghosh The first Lego League 2020 challenge was based on the theme “City Shaper”, and it made me think from a different angle. We were challenged…

Disaster Risk Governance for District-Level Landslide Risk Management in Rangamati, Bangladesh

Disaster Risk Governance for District-Level Landslide Risk Management in Rangamati, Bangladesh By: Dr Edris Alam and Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett Introduction The Government of Bangladesh has been successful in reducing deaths from tropical cyclones. However, in recent years landslides have…

School Pupils in Osaka are Champions for Avoidable Deaths from Tsunamis

School Pupils in Osaka are Champions for Avoidable Deaths from Tsunamis By: Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita The city of Izumiotsu, located in the central part of Osaka Prefecture, Japan, is a relatively small city with approximately 75,000 habitants. The city used…

The Paradox of Similar Disaster Events Causing Different Impacts

The Paradox of Similar Disaster Events Causing Different Impacts: The Case of Tropical Cyclones Idai and Fani By: Samuel Akera It has become common knowledge that disaster often repeats itself. In the course of my professional life I have witnessed…

Reflections from the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland

Reflections from the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, Switzerland By: Pamela Komujuni Every two years Members of the United Nations, including Governments, non-government stakeholders, the private sector, academia and civil society, gather together at the Global Platform…