Pathways to Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management

It is important to understand and plan for the barriers that marginalized communities face before, during, and after disaster situations. DRM practitioners need effective strategies to assess gaps and challenges to inclusion throughout the DRM cycle. This webinar will serve as a basic overview of who are at risk of being excluded and what inclusive DRM entails, and how to identify entry points to ensure that the needs of all citizens are taken into account.

In particular, the webinar will focus on persons with disabilities. One billion people - 15% of the world’s population - live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities face unique constraints and challenges at each stage of DRM and face a disproportionately higher risk of being left behind during disasters and emergencies. Lack of accessible evacuation and sheltering facilities, challenges in accessing information, loss of necessary aids and medical equipment, and disruptions in critical service delivery chains are just some of the obstacles that can significant ramifications for the survival and welfare of persons with disabilities. Similar barriers also affect children and the elderly.

In this webinar, presenter Margaret Arnold, Senior Social Development Specialist, and host of this webinar Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, will jointly discuss:

  1. What are the social dimensions of DRM? How disasters affect excluded populations differently?
  2. How to identify and work on entry points for inclusive DRM?
  3. What are the most significant challenges that excluded populations, such as persons with disabilities, face in disaster situations?
  4. Effective practices and case studies on disability-inclusive DRM.

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About the Presenters

Margaret Arnold

Margaret Arnold is a Senior Social Development Specialist with the World Bank specializing in the social resilience, the social dimensions of climate and disaster risk management, and community-based and gender-sensitive approaches to risk management. She leads work on resilience and pro-poor adaptation for the Global Practice on Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience and serves as GFDRR’s Coordinator for Inclusive Community Resilience. Margaret has been with the World Bank since 1995, and has worked on urban development and post-conflict reconstruction in addition to disaster and climate risk management. She was part of a two-person team that established the World Bank's first unit focused on natural hazard risk management in 1998 (the Disaster Management Facility), and is credited with facilitating the Bank's recognition of disaster risk reduction as a development priority. She is one of the founders of the ProVention Consortium and served as Head of its Secretariat from 2007-2009.

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Submitted 1:15 am, June 25, 2018



Submitted 11:24 am, June 2, 2018

nice, thanks


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Jesús Manuel

Submitted 11:11 am, March 13, 2017

liked and shared,great info.

Mohammad imran

Submitted 4:01 am, March 12, 2017



Submitted 4:42 am, September 3, 2016

HI Arnold, This is an interesting topic, especially for me that is presently managing the implementation of a USAID funded health project in NE Nigeria in the midst of humanitarian challenge arising from the impact of insurgency. I will be delighted getting some reading materials on the subject.


Submitted 11:18 am, August 21, 2016

Excellent Webinar on DRM! very informative!

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