Disaster Risk Reduction: Children Speak Out

Education, Environment and Public Space

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to disasters – one in every three survivors of the Indian Ocean Tsunami were women or children under the age of 15. However, research has shown – see the 2007 UNISDR report and campaign, ‘Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School’ – that children and young people do have an active role to play in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and should be viewed as agents of change rather than just victims.

This survey aims to ensure that the voices and roles of children, are heard and taken into account in future assessments of the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) – the ten-year framework for building the resilience of communities and nations to disasters – and DRR implementation. The authors also intend for this report to act as a pilot for incorporation into future surveys, so that children and their voices would become a regular part of the civil society mechanism that would monitor the HFA and DRR governance structures.

Authors: D. Walden; N. Hall; A. Spalton; World Vision
Publisher: Plan, 2009

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