Drr2Dev is the ‘Web Home” to an unusual and relevant collaboration by a group of local level civil society organisations (CSOs) aiming to learn from their actions how to do development differently and better. 

Events such as the UN World Humanitarian Summit highlight the strategic importance of local CSOs who are close to local communities, act with them and build bridges to government, institutions and agencies. Drr2Dev – from Disaster Risk Reduction to Development – is about insights these local organisations have about moving from delivering aid to ending need.  

How can we capture these insights? CSOs face their own challenges of pressing donor goals, heavy reporting burdens, short timescales and a lack of concern in other quarters for local knowledge and priorities. Local CSOs are activists, impatient with reflection and critical thinking.

This collaborative programme of work tackled these challenges by facilitating a group of local CSO representatives based in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to develop and refine case studies which moved from project success stories to become critical and questioning case studies. They met together to discuss the findings from each case and the comparisons between them. 

They identified ways of strengthening local action and moving from DRR to development by progressing from ‘bouncing back’ from the many shocks and stresses they face, to ‘bouncing forward’ through building on risk reduction with progressive development. enabling communities to prosper, improve their health, education, economy and security and progress towards the lives they wish to live.

This website gathers the case studies, analysis and discussion in a form which can be accessed by practitioners wishing to both learn from and contribute to the goals of DRR2DEV. The collaborators hope that this material, and new material which is contributed, will support all those who share this programme’s aims in their work.

We are extremely grateful to Emerald Publishing, who allowed us to step outside the usual publication process, often difficult for practitioners to grapple with, and publish practitioner oriented papers, gathered in an entire special issue of the journal.

We are also very grateful to the Global Fund for Community Foundations who caught the vision of this programme and generously supported us to be able to meet together in Kathmandu. As this is an entirely voluntary, unfunded programme of work this grant was invaluable in enabling the vital face-to-face time of the group.