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International Training Programme – Disaster Risk Management

Managing, and reducing, disaster risk is central for saving lives, assets, livelihoods and sustainable development. The ITP is designed to target disaster risk management stakeholders involved in change processes at various levels.

The participant(s) will take part of the latest development in your area of work mentored by skilled experts, develop a network with colleagues from other countries and enhance knowledge in new working methods. The methodology used is based on the assumption that your organisation wishes to implement changes to further develop and strengthen your capacity for disaster risk management, and is willing to invest organisational resources to achieve these changes.

Programme Objectives

The scope of the programme is to strengthen capacity of individuals and their organisations to manage disaster risk. Participating organisations will, upon completion of the programme, have key individuals with strengthened capacities to support organisational change for enhanced performance for disaster risk management.


  • Organisations will receive support in their capacity development and organisational change efforts.
  • Participants will be given tools to work with disaster risk management – by enhanced knowledge and skills.
  • Participants will have increased capacity to implement a process of change to strengthen the performance of their organisation.
  • Participants are given the opportunity to improve and expand their networks with other actors and stakeholders in disaster risk management.


The programme focuses on the disaster risk management continuum: what needs to be considered before (prevention and preparedness), during (response) and after a disaster (recovery).

The following components will be included,

  • Using risk- and vulnerability assessments as a tool for decision-making (for example aggregation of data and utilization of risk- and vulnerability data in risk-informed response and recovery).
  • Analysis of critical societal functions and interdependencies.
  • Coordination and cooperation mechanisms for effective disaster risk management.
  • Risk-informed planning and programming.
  • Information management. How do different methods for sharing of data and information contribute to effective disaster risk management?
  • What to consider for timely, functional and efficient early warning systems reaching their intended target groups.
  • Crisis communication to the public as a tool for promoting household preparedness and action.
  • Gender and environmental mainstreaming in disaster risk management.
  • Project management, results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, and analysis skills.
  • The humanitarian-development nexus during all phases of the disaster risk management continuum.

How to apply

For more information about the training programme, admission requirement and application process; see the programme brochure and application form.

Programme brochure and application form

Latest reviewed: 10 June 2019

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