Humanitarian Partnership Agreement: the impact of disaster risk reduction programming

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The predecessor to the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP) was the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement (HPA). The HPA was an agreement between the Australian Government and six key Australian aid Non-government Organisations (NGOs). Over the time of the agreement, the Australian Government spent AU$67.3 million in emergency funding and AU$16.5 million in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) funding.

The Australian Government's key DRR priorities were: 

  • DRR programming that will enable sustainable development,
  • strengthening the ability of governments, businesses and communities to better respond to and cope with natural disasters,
  • leadership and advocacy for strong global DRR action,
  • support preparedness and effective response and
  • improve understanding of disasters and resilience.
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Community-based DRR is the foundation to reducing loss of lives and livelihoods and safeguarding development gains. NGOs have a strong track record working with communities to strengthen DRR and emergency preparedness. This report captures the story of six Australian NGOs coming together to work on DRR and the impact on the communities and organisations they worked with. It is timely to review the impact these efforts have had on lives, livelihoods and health of disaster-prone communities. How have they reinforced community efforts to strengthen their own resilience to the increasing threat of natural hazards?

Authors: Pip Henty, Kate Sutton, and Beth Eggleston from the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG). 
Date of report launch: March 2017
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Clare Price