Mainstreaming disaster risk management


What are the experiences in low and middle-income countries, particularly in Asia, for mainstreaming disaster risk management in national government planning and budgeting processes? What are the mechanisms, which key ministries/sectors are involved and how? What has been learned?


Positive developments in the process of DRM mainstreaming have involved:

  • The designation or creation of a high-level agency/department/ministry to lead DRM mainstreaming
  • Working groups or committees to coordinate all the stakeholders
  • Cross-sectoral DRM strategies
  • The incorporation of core DRM concerns in development and/or infrastructure projects
  • The de-compartmentalisation, or at least coordination, of DRM, Climate Change Adaptation and development policies to improve risk-informed planning and secure financing for mainstreaming
  • Dedicated funding for DRM
  • Consideration of local communities’ needs and of their own evaluations
  • Coherence and partnership between higher and lower levels of government.


Suggested citation

Lopez-Lucia, E. (2015). Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1310). Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.