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Session Overview
SUN1.1: Resilient development practice – from fragmentation towards integration; from theory into action
Time: Sunday, 26/Aug/2012: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session Chair: Stephen J. LATHAM, World Vision Switzerland
Location: Wisshorn

Workshop organized by World Vision


Resilient development practice – from fragmentation towards integration; from theory into action

Stephen J. LATHAM

World Vision

This workshop will highlight how World Vision in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Region has responded to the challenge of DRR, social risk reduction, CCA, and sustainable livelihoods using child-focused standardized capacity building tools and methodologies. The presenter will stress the need for a multi-hazards approach that addresses natural, socio-natural and social hazards; highlights successful good practices and approaches that have been learned—namely the application of the UN Hyogo Framework of Action’s five priorities (i.e., governance; risk assessment, monitoring and alert; knowledge and education; underlying risk factors, and preparedness and response and crosscutting issues) and the sustainable livelihoods approach to develop capacities in children, youth, adolescents and adults at both the local and national level. The presenter will discuss capacity building using a multi-hazards and multi-vulnerability approach and will engage the audience with the application of some of the key tools. Also, the humanitarian imperative for evidence-based approaches and associated indicators that recognize multiple drivers and types of risk factors will be discussed. To address natural and socio-natural hazards, the Views from the Frontlines (VFL) survey, designed by the Global Network of Civil society Organizations for Disaster Reduction, will be highlighted. As social hazards were not addressed in VFL, indicators developed to address this type of hazard in collaboration with the UN University of Peace. The presenter will share results from this experience and emphasize the need for composite multi-hazards indicators using evidence-based approaches to measure impact of change over time resulting from the capacity building efforts. Finally, a proposed future policy direction will be mapped out, making a call for a paradigm shift that moves us from a fragmented and piecemeal programmatic approach towards an integrated and holistic one that utilizes a child-focused multi-hazards and multi-vulnerabilities approach to reduce risks and build resilience across the rural-urban continuum.