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Quarterly Bulletin
April to June 2022

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Maldives welcomes the CADRI Partners scoping mission

The Maldives is one of the lowest lying and geographically dispersed countries in the world, giving it a unique distribution of localised climate and disaster risk profiles. Besides development issues relating to youth employment, migrations, urbanisation, infrastructure development or equitable access to quality basic services across the islands, the country faces challenges of resilience to climate change and environmental sustainability. As an archipelago, Maldives depends on the sea for its livelihood, from tourism and fisheries. As a country with a tourism model developed around its natural environment, the direct relationship between increasing global temperatures, intensifying storms, elevated thermal stress, and the loss of coral reefs presents a major risk to people's livelihoods and the economy.

The government called upon the CADRI Partnership in late 2021 to support the development of a national disaster risk reduction strategy building on a diagnosis of country DRR systems. The CADRI Partnership, led by UNDRR as regional host agency in the Asia Pacific region, undertook a scoping mission from 26 June to 07 July 2022 to consult with a broad representation of country stakeholders on the preparation for the capacity diagnosis.

The government prioritised eight sectors to be considered in the diagnosis of capacities to manage disaster risk: Agriculture, Fisheries & Food Security, Education, Environment (incl. WASH, energy, waste management, coastal zone protection), Health, Territorial Planning, Housing, & Infrastructure (incl. transport & logistics), Migration, Social Protection, and Tourism. In addition, the diagnosis will consider key issues such as DRR-CCA integration, localization, horizontal and vertical coordination, risk information and early warning – early action.
The diagnosis is expected to provide the baseline analysis of capacity strengths and gaps, provide actionable recommendations to address the identified gaps and strengthen the understanding of the roles and responsibilities to reduce disaster risk at the central and local level. The findings and recommendations shall inform the development of an integrated national disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategy, as well as a strategic and inclusive approach to capacity development in risk reduction engaging civil society, academia, and private sector. Building on the diagnosis, a more in-depth analysis of UN programming in risk reduction across sectors is expected to support a more integrated and coherent UN programming approach to disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation under the UN Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF).

The CADRI Partnership will mobilise a multi-disciplinary team of in-country and international experts to support a government-led review of the state of DRR and CCA capacities across the prioritised key socio-economic sectors in-country and give access to good practices from the region. The mission will take place from 21 August to 04 September 2022.

We launched our digital tool at the HNPW!

The CADRI Partners launched the CADRI Tool for DRR & CCA capacity diagnosis and planning with a broad participation of more than 75 representatives from governments, financing partners, academia, and civil society organisations during the Humanitarian Network Partnership Week in Geneva in May.

The launch was joined by four speakers: Ronald Jackson (UNDP), Dominique Burgeon (FAO), Chang Hun Choe (IFRC) and Karla Lienhart (CADRI Secretariat) and the session was facilitated by Angelica Broman (IOM). 

The Tool launch gave participants a better understanding of the CADRI Partnership service offer and business model, and the CADRI Partners’ joint methodology for assessing country systems to reduce disaster risk across sectors supported by the new CADRI Tool. Participants learned about the tool functionalities, how the tool can help promote a better integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, how to operationalize key principles of gender responsiveness, “Leaving No One Behind” and conflict sensitivity in DRR and CCA in various sectors ranging from agriculture to infrastructure to health and WASH. Participants were introduced to the digital features and functionalities, the benefits for users and practitioners, and the application in the context of focusing on disaster preparedness systems.

CADRI at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

  Ignite stage

The CADRI Partnership gave a 15-minute Ignite Stage on the CADRI Digital Tool for capacity diagnosis and planning in DRR and CCA. Wirya Khim (FAO) gave a general introduction of the CADRI Partnership and the CADRI Tool, and Karla Lienhart (CADRI Secretariat) gave a demonstration of the tool, its structure and key principles. The CADRI Partnership Ignite Stage presentation is available on our YouTube channel.

  Side Event

Over 80 participants attended the CADRI Partnership side event dialogue “Left behind, left out, left unsafe: A dialogue on Leaving No One Behind in the face of disaster risk”. Imad Mohamed (Huvadhoo Aid Maldives), Vasiti Soko (NDMO Fiji) and Claudia Herrera (CEPREDENAC) shared their perspectives from local, national and regional level on:  
  • How to go beyond disaggregated data to effectively inform and implement development plans and risk reduction strategies that leave no one behind;
  • what mechanisms and tools help to ensure that DRR effectively addresses the needs and demands of those furthest behind, including lessons from COVID-19 response;
  • and what effective empowerment strategies of socially excluded populations exist to help them take decisions about the risks they face.

  Bilateral Meetings

The CADRI Partnership organised bilateral meetings with selected government delegations to discuss on-going and future country engagement. The CADRI Partners met with Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Tanzania and Timor-Leste country delegations to take stock of progress and agree on next steps. The CADRI Partners also put a special focus on future engagement in the North Africa & Middle East region – meeting with government delegations of Egypt, Morocco and Sudan - and future engagement in the Latin America and Caribbean region – meeting with CEPREDENAC, El Salvador and Honduras - and in Asia Pacific region (India, Nepal).

Training module on integrating LNOB in DRR and CCA

The CADRI Secretariat developed a 90-minute training module targeting UN technical experts to enhance their ability to integrate Leaving No One Behind concerns in DRR and CCA. The training module has the objective to enhance the understanding of  the Gender/LNOB principles and how the CADRI methodology supports their integration in DRR/CCA policy and programming. 

The webinar introduces participants to the CADRI tool methodology, and how it can support the integration of LNOB, gender & diversity inclusive perspectives in DRR/CCA programming and planning, also on the sectoral level.

The webinar could be offered in preparation for the DRR/CCA country capacity diagnosis and other relevant CADRI activities at country level.  The webinar/training materials can also be offered to support DRR/CCA capacity building activities at country/regional level that are not directly related to a CADRI mission. The training module will be rolled out in July. 


For the official launch of the CADRI Tool, the CADRI Partnership developed and launched an animated video to promote and showcase how the new digital CADRI Tool supports and facilitates the CADRI capacity diagnosis missions. The promotional video illustrates the tool's main functionalities available to users as well as the different sector modules and key principles such as Leave No One Behind, gender equality and conflict sensitivity. 
Check out the video here:


Coming up in Quarter 3, 2022

July: Scoping mission in Tanzania and Ghana. 
August: Capacity diagnosis mission in  Zambia and Maldives. Dissemination of the Jordan Impact Study. 
The CADRI Partnership is supported by the Government of Luxembourg.

For more information on CADRI, please contact the CADRI Partnership Secretariat at or visit our website.