standard Understanding culture to improve disaster risk reduction

Anyone who does work in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), humanitarian aid, emergency management, resilience planning or related fields likely knows that how people respond to and perceive disaster is largely influenced by culture. This includes the role of religion (see Viewing disaster through the eyes of religion) which can affect how governments, NGOS and other organisations are able to assist people who have been affected by disasters.

This year’s World Disaster Report published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, focuses on culture and risk, ‘how culture affects DRR and how disasters and risk influence culture’. This video produced by the IFRC in reference to the report, introduces how culture affects people who deal with disasters and why it’s important. It concludes that DRR needs to move towards a ‘people centered’ approach, accounting for the cultures of people affected by disasters as well as the cultures of organisations that attempt to help them.

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