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Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Within and Beyond the Sendai Framework

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Disaster research over the last few decades has effectively called attention to the vastly unequal impacts of disasters across different sections of society. Structural inequalities and discrimination significantly increase the vulnerability of marginalised communities–including women and girls, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA + people, older people, ethnic and religious minorities, people in poverty, and Indigenous peoples– to disaster risk. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was a landmark international agreement that sought to ‘prevent new, and reduce existing, disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive […] measures’ (SFDRR, 2015). However, as several disaster scholars, practitioners, and civil society actors point out, the Sendai Framework’s sweeping commitment to ‘inclusivity’ lacks both practical force and attention to the specific needs of different marginalised communities affected by disasters. Significantly, national and international DRR frameworks do not sufficiently consider the intersectionality of different kinds of vulnerability, and often exclude marginalised communities from the disaster policy-making process (Barbelet and Wake, 2020; Bennett, 2020; Seglah and Blanchard, 2021; Yadav et al., 2021; Zaidi and Fordham, 2021). This Cambridge Disaster Research Network Seminar aims to explore different aspects of inclusive DRR and its future prospects. Although this session considers the legacies and blind spots of the Sendai Framework across various contexts, it also seeks to look beyond this structure in thinking about how different communities, who are considered marginalised and at-risk from disasters, have implemented their own inclusive DRR strategies.

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