Regional Resilience Initiative Lessons Learned Workshop | 21-23 February 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand

The Lessons Learned (LL) workshop is the opportunity for project stakeholders to come together and share insights and experiences of working with and on the Regional Resilience Initiative (RRI) project. Stakeholders are facilitated – through a structured analysis approach – to share opinions, perspectives and experiences related to the project. The main LL approach is essentially a project assessment that can be framed as key questions as follows:

1. What worked well in the project?
2. What could have been improved in the project?
3. What could and should be done differently next time?

The LL exercise should draw on both positive experiences i.e. good ideas that improve project efficiency and/or effectiveness, as well as negative experiences.

In April 2014, IFRC launched the RRI project, which was a 4-year endeavour funded by the Canadian Government (GAC – Global Affairs Canada) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). The Initiative supported 11 National Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Societies (NS) in Southeast Asia with the overarching goal of reducing the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.

Specifically, the Initiative sought to enhance skills and capacities within NS so that they could advocate more strongly at national and regional levels for the needs of communities in disaster risk reduction (DRR). This approach was complemented by the strengthening of regional partnerships, both within RCRC networks and with key partners such as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and other regional stakeholders.

In August 2017 a consultancy was commissioned to support the RRI Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) to illustrate the overall picture of RRI achievements in terms of intended outcomes, progress towards outcomes, and main achievements secured through the Initiative. A key part of this process was the hosting of a Lessons Learned workshop toward the end of the consultancy aimed at helping validate key findings and promote the learning gained from the RRI experience to a wider stakeholder audience.1 The workshop will be held over a period of 2 ½ days between 21-23 February 2018.

Click on these links to find more information on the workshop:
Concept note
Workshop agenda
Participant list

Pre-workshop reading materials
RRI infographic
– Case studies (4): Disaster Law, Gender and Diversity, Support to ASEAN, and Resilience Library
– Summary of the RRI Steering Committee Meeting in May 2017
– “Community Voices” videos (6) from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (Fire), ThailandLaos, and Vietnam.
Timor Leste Red Cross ( CVTL) promoting community resilience


Opening Remarks

  • Opening remarks by Ambassador of Canada to the ASEAN Marie-Louise Hannan
  • Opening remarks by Deborah Cote, Program Manager Asia, International Operations, Canadian Red Cross
  • Opening remarks by Marwan Jilani, Head of CCST, IFRC Bangkok


Day 1:

Day 2:

Session 1: Localisation

Session 2: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Session 3: Advocacy

Session 4: Peer-to-peer support and networking



** Workshop report **


Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030


The framework aims to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years.

The framework applies to the risk of small-scale and large-scale, frequent and infrequent, sudden and slow-onset disasters, caused by natural or manmade hazards as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks. It aims to guide the multi-hazard management of disaster risk in development at all levels as well as within and across all sectors.


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 outlines seven clear targets and four priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks: (i) Understanding disaster risk; (ii) Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; (iii) Investing in disaster reduction for resilience and; (iv) Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The Framework was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015.

Usage: Policy reference

See also: Chart of the Framework A3 | Chart of the Framework (simplified) A4

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Resilience House Model

Resilience House to Safer and Resilient Community in South-East Asia highlights the 3 thematic scopes of Disaster Management, Health and Organizational Development/Youth.
The model was proposed by technical managers of the South-East Asian Red Cross Red Crescent societies to the Leadership meeting in the same region in 2014 with the support of IFRC. The model is flexible and evolves following the growing experiences of the National Societies of this region in line with global IFRC Framework for Community Resilience.

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Introduction to Resilience workshop Thailand from 9 – 13 November 2015





Usage: Training

Audience: National Society leadership, Technical staff, Communication staff

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National Society survey findings report 2015 on community safety and resilience


The survey was conducted to give an overview of National Societies priorities and initiatives.

The survey was conducted in 2015 prior to the Southeast Asia Regional Community Safety and Resilience Forum in the same year, and gathered the inputs of 8 National Societies out of the total 11. The survey was self-assessment of the National Societies and was not an assessment by the IFRC.


The survey was conducted in several topics: integrated approach; response preparedness; gender and diversity; disaster law; partnership; learning, sharing and the use of social media; and project implementation.

The report also presents the interest mapping of National Society, that is the themes/topics that each of them is interested to learn or to share.

Usage: Learning from experience

Audience: National Society leadership and Technical staff










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Gender and diversity for urban resilience: An analysis


This document looks at urban risk reduction: examples of gender and diversity-based risks and vulnerabilities in urban areas; social and economic inequalities to consider in urban environments; migrants; disability; and examples of gender and diversity vulnerabilities in urban disaster response and recovery.

The paper also looks at Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in terms of key issues of GBV during and after disasters, and key action points for addressing GBV in Disaster Risk Reduction/Disaster Management (DRR/DM).


  • Examples of gender and diversity-based risks and vulnerabilities in urban areas include: services and infrastructure; access to information; gender-based opportunities; and lack of support networks.
  • Social and economic inequalities to consider in urban environments include: greater social and economic inequalities; women taking on many roles in urban environments; women having less ownership over resources; and greater societal restrictions on women.
  • Examples of gender and diversity vulnerabilities in urban disaster response and recovery include: personal security; food insecurity; economic and livelihood insecurity; education; and migrant status.


Purpose: Knowledge building

Usage: Learning from experience, Guidance for project implementation

Audiences: Technical staff; Gender and diversity practitioners

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