The report summarizes the workshop result of the Urban Disaster Management, by highlighting the workshop key messages.

Overview of the workshop:

The Urban Disaster Management workshop organized by Philippine Red Cross and IFRC, with the support of Norwegian Red Cross and Swedish Red Cross on 18-21 August 2014, in Manila, the Philippines, was a direct response to the many voices raised by National Societies to address urban Disaster Management issues with a progressive strategic and operational approach to urban preparedness, response and recovery.

The workshop brought together representatives from 15 National Societies from Asia-Pacific region, in addition to Partner National Societies, IFRC Secretariat, the ICRC, a range of representatives from Government authorities, UN, NGOs, academic and private institutions.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Increase knowledge on emerging urban Disaster Management issues & sharing of National Societies good practice.
  • Provide directions for future strategic work – including a framework for the Asia Pacific zone on urban DRR and DM strategy.
  • Identify needs and opportunities for innovative approaches to urban Disaster Management.
  • Provide inputs to RCRC Asia Pacific statutory conference in Beijing, October 2014.
  • Provide inputs to the IFRC Global Approach and Guidelines on Urban DRR/DM.
  • Provide informed discussion on operational tools and services within the RCRC.

The various sessions throughout the workshop, including presentations, panels, group discussions and technical breakout sessions, discussed a range of various themes key to the urban environment, including, but not limited to:

  • Contingency Planning in Urban contexts
  • Urban Volunteer Management
  • Cash Transfer Programming
  • Urban Risk Assessment
  • Disaster Law in urban contexts
  • Violence in urban contexts
  • Engaging with multiple stakeholders
  • Environment and climate change
  • Lessons learnt from the Haiyan response


Following the feedback and prioritized discussion topics of the Disaster Management Reference Group, the workshop was structured with the guiding questions, including:

  • Where do we come from?
  • Where do we want to go?
  • How do we do it?


Usage: Learning from experience and initiatives

Audience: National Society managers and staff


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