ODI on the IGNITE stage

16 - 18 March 2015
Public event
Streamed live online

The IGNITE Stage is a special venue where WCDRR participants are allowed 15 minutes to present a disaster risk reduction topic, project or initiative. Its aim is to widen the array of topics that are discussed at the World Conference beyond those that are presented in the main sessions and events. ODI staff will speak on the following topics.

Monday 4.15-4.30pm - Six steps to mainstream gender equality in Disaster Risk Reduction. - Virginie Le Masson

Gender inequalities remains pervasive in DRR: policies are not automatically followed up in practice, actual improvement on the ground remains scarce and the best grassroots practices do not necessarily influence policies.

The HFA helped raise awareness on the need to make DRR more participatory and inclusive but the implementation of the framework has yet to effectively tackle social inequalities. This presentation will explain 6 concrete steps to ensure that DRR programming is gender-sensitive, inclusive and benefit equally both men and women. It will also present how collaboration between think tanks such as the Overseas Development Institute, and NGOs can help bridge theory and practice. 

Tuesday 4.00-4.15pm Removing the blinkers: real progress on DRR requires action in fragile and conflict affected contexts. - Katie Peters
We cannot be serious about supporting those most vulnerable to (natural hazard related-)disaster risk if we don’t achieve real progress on DRR in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS). Implementing the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in FCAS requires new and concerted effort on the part of donors, policy-makers and practitioners, world over. Why? Because the approaches, tools and lessons we conventionally use hold one major preconception; that we work in peaceful, stable contexts. This is not the case for many countries signed up to the Post-2015 Framework. Achieving real progress by 2030 therefore means doing some things differently….

Without concerted attention on the need to support DRR in a range of difficult contexts - including those affected by conflict and fragility - progress on DRR beyond 2015 will be limited. How to effectively undertake DRR in FCAS is a much neglected field; this needs to be rectified. This presentation will offer new and innovative ideas on how to pursue DRR in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS). It includes original analysis on the tools and approaches which could be used, and a summary of the current funding patterns for DRR in FCAS. Innovative ideas will be presented on how best to undertake conflict sensitive DRR, to the benefit of all interested in reducing vulnerability to natural hazard-related disaster risk.

Wednesday 11.00-11.15am Equity and inclusion in disaster risk reduction: building resilience for all. - Emma Lovell

To address vulnerability to risk and to foster social inclusion adequately, DRR planning must be inclusive, based on context-specific analyses of people’s vulnerabilities and capacities and must act upon inequalities between people’s identities, statuses and roles. By promoting socio-economic and cultural inclusion as well as the political recognition of marginalised people, this presentation - through the use of infographics - provides examples of where their participation as active agents of change has proven beneficial to effectively and equitably build resilience. The presentation will make a set of recommendations for the implementation of the post-2015 framework for DRR with regards to the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives, in order to achieve the inclusion and empowerment of at risk groups post-2015.