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Our Approach

Mainstreaming DRR in urban governance and development

Disaster risk reduction and management can only be highly effective when related strategies, programs, projects, and activities are integrated in various local government functions, responsibilities, and practices. This is referred to as mainstreaming.

In a changing environment caused by climate, natural, and man-made hazards, EMI works with complex cities in mainstreaming DRR in their core functions and processes by engaging city leaders, its citizens including civil society and peoples organizations, academe, private sector, and other key stakeholders in a participatory process that builds ownership, sustainability, and efficient inter-institutional coordination.

Our mainstreaming approach

  • engages all stakeholders
  • uses sound and convincing science
  • merges science and practice
  • is grounded on reality
  • tested and proven
IC for Mainstreaming
EMI Mainstreaming Framework


Developing tools to support local DRM practice

We at EMI develop tools to facilitate delivery, sharing, and adaptation of scientific and technical knowledge on urban DRR. We also conduct training programs to enhance the competency of DRM practitioners worldwide through the Institute for Urban Resilience.

Connecting cities through knowledge sharing mechanisms

EMI provides opportunities for DRM practitioners, researchers, donors, policymakers and local stakeholders to exchange and promote sound urban resilience practices. EMI forges strategic partnerships with local government organizations to promote DRR, undertake city-to-city sharing, and scale up its own capacities and applications.

Our approach is anchored on the concept of mainstreaming by engaging stakeholders and their initiatives into participatory processes. We present scientific evidence hand-in-hand with practical applications through collaboration and consultation. We ensure stakeholders are guided and able to own their DRR strategies and actions. We also support governments and other institutions establish the foundations for efficient solutions and sound policies.


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