The Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) is a global partnership composed of 20 organizations including FAO, IOM, UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA (executive partners), GNDR, IFRC, OCHA, UNESCO, UNOPS, WFP, WHO, WMO (technical partners) and GFDRR, OECD, ODI, RedR Australia, UNDRR, UNITAR and UN WOMEN (advisory partners).

The CADRI Partnership aims at contributing towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by providing countries with capacity development services to help them reduce climate and disaster risk. The CADRI Partnership provides countries with a mechanism to mobilize and pool expertise from within and outside our constituency to complement in-country expertise in and beyond the United Nations System. The CADRI Partnership provides countries with a mechanism to mobilize multi-disciplinary expertise in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation across a wide range of socio-economic sectors to strengthen risk information systems, prioritize risk reduction in national and local plans, and enhance preparedness systems.

In the West and Central Africa region, the CADRI Partnership is hosted by the Regional offices of FAO and IOM. IOM is proud to co-host the CADRI partnership in the region, and to mobilize agencies, international, regional, and national partners around this objective of working on comprehensive risk and capacity assessments. IOM also contributes by providing expertise at the regional level to be deployed during missions and provide remote support.

The CADRI Partnership is particularly relevant in West and Central Africa where different types of risks are present, including conflict and climate change. Using the lens of disaster risk reduction enables IOM and all CADRI partner agencies to look at the root causes and structural elements that can mitigate and prevent displacement rather than react to it.  Inter-agency efforts on disaster risk reduction, preparedness, and climate change adaptation must span from prevention, preparedness to capacity support to the eventual response. Internally, this work across the humanitarian-development nexus is a key focus of IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies, which seeks to reduce drivers of forced migration through prevention efforts while ensuring longer-term planning for risk reduction and adaptation.

For more information on The CADRI Partnership work in the West and Central Africa Region please consult the following resources or submit a query: