Challenging disparities in capacity development for disaster risk reduction

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Although capacity development has been identified as the means to substantially reduce global disaster losses, it is a challenge for external partners to facilitate the development of sustainable capacities for disaster risk reduction in disaster-prone countries. The purpose of this study is to investigate potential gaps between how leading professionals approach such capacity development and guidelines found in available theory. The analysis of data from thirty-five qualitative semi-structured interviews reveals that there are gaps between theory and practise, as well as between the practitioners, in all seven elements identified in available theory. There is ambiguity regarding terminology, different views about the meaning of local context, ownership and capacity assessment, as well as contradicting opinions of the role and responsibilities of external partners. Focus is on training individuals, while other requisites are often ignored, and there is a general lack of understanding of what results to assess and how to monitor and evaluate projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-13
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • Capacity development
  • Capacity building
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Disaster
  • Disaster risk management
  • Disaster management
  • Ownership


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