Who we are

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The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership working towards the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by providing countries with capacity development services to help them reduce climate and disaster risk.

Our values

We believe that reducing disaster and climate risks calls for a holistic approach to working across sectors and levels.

We promote a new way of working between the humanitarian and development actors by integrating data collection and analysis and building consensus around collective outcomes.

We facilitate an inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement process ensuring that plans and strategies are responsive to the needs and demands of the most vulnerable.

We complement existing in-country expertise in government institutions, UN agencies and other partners.

We offer capacity development services that are flexible and adaptable to various country contexts promoting risk-informed development planning and humanitarian action.

Our partners

CADRI brings together 20 UN and non-UN organizations – FAO, UNDP, UNFPA,UNICEF, WFP, and WHO as Executive Partners, and GNDR, IFRC, IOM, OCHA, UNESCO, UNOPS, WMO as technical partners, as well as GFDRR, OECD, ODI, RedR Australia, UNESCO, UNDRR and UN WOMEN as advisory partners.

What we do

We designed a unique partnership approach to deliver tailor-made capacity development services in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We support risk-informed development planning and humanitarian action across sectors. We provide countries with a mechanism to mobilize and pool expertise from within and outside our constituency to complement in-country expertise that can bring countries to achieving their Sustainable Development Goals.


CADRI services

By pooling UN System resources, knowledge and practices and leveraging each other’s comparative advantages, the CADRI Partnership enhances the effectiveness of the UN System to optimally use its assets and expertise in support of country needs and demands. The CADRI Partnership makes a direct contribution to UN System efforts to align its priorities and resources, integrate humanitarian and development interventions and improve inter-sectoral approaches across the SDGs.

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Where we work

CADRI is a demand-driven partnership. Over the past six years, the CADRI partners achieved the following results:

  • 28 DRR capacity assessments facilitated through inclusive country led processes
  • 19 National Multi Sectoral Plans of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction developed
  • 2000+ professionals from governments, UN, NGOs, Red Cross/Crescent societies trained
  • Support to institutional, legal and policy reform in 10 countries