Overview

The Regional Office for Africa (UNDRR-Africa) coordinates DRR initiatives in 44 countries/Member States in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNDRR-Africa works closely with the African Union Commission, five Regional Economic Communities, regional UN entities and other development partners, science and technology consortia, local governments, youth representatives, media and civil society members and groups.

Contact us

United Nations Complex
Block N
Level 2
Gigiri
PO Box 47074
00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: +254 207626719
UNISDR-Africa@un.org 
 

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Delegation Nationale aux Risques Majeurs Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Algeria Ministère de l'Intérieur et des Collectivités Locales National Platform +213 21732340 COUNTRY PROFILE
Benin Direction de la Prévention et de la Protection Civile National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Botswana National Disaster Management Office, Office of the President National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso - government National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Burundi Burundi - government National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Cabo Verde Serviço Nacional de Protecção Civil National Platform +238 616412 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Comoros Centre National de Documentation et de Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Volcanologique du Karthala Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Dem Rep of the Min de l'Intérieur National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Congo, Rep of the Ministère de l'Économie Forestière et de l'Environnement National Platform VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Côte d'Ivoire Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests National Platform +225 20219406 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Djibouti Ministère de l'Intérieur (Djibouti) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Egypt Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center, Crisis Mangement and DRR Sector Sendai Framework +20 2 27929292 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Gabon Ministere de l'Interieur,de la Sécurité Publique, de l'Immigration et de la Décentralisation National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (Ghana) National Platform +233 21780221 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea Ministère de l'Environnement et du Developpement Durable National Platform +224664327148 COUNTRY PROFILE
Guinea-Bissau National Service of Civil Protection (Guinea-Bissau) National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Kenya Ministry of Devolution and Planning, State department of devolution, Directorate of special programmes National Platform +254 20 2252299 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Lesotho Disaster Management Authority National Platform +266 22312183 COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mauritania Ministèr de L'Environnement et du Développement Durable National Platform +222 601 24 24 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Morocco Ministry Delegate to the Head of Government Responsible for General Affairs and Governance Sendai Framework +212537689000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Namibia Office of the Prime (Namibia) National Platform +264 612879111 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Niger Office of the Prime Minister (Niger) National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Nigeria National Emergency Management Agency (Nigeria) National Platform (+234)09-2905777 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Senegal Direction de la Protection Civile, Ministère de l'Intérieur (Senegal) National Platform +221338893900 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management Sendai Framework +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management National Platform +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sierra Leone Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security National Platform +232 76 615 840 COUNTRY PROFILE
Somalia Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry National Platform +27 123367500 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission- Early Warning Center Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tanzania, United Rep of Office of the Prime Minister (Tanzania, United Rep of) National Platform +255 222135076 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Togo Ministère de l'Environnement et des Ressources Forestières National Platform +228 2212897 COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable Sendai Framework +216 70 243 800 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Tunisia Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Uganda Office of the Prime Minister (Uganda) National Platform +256 414 254 252 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit National Platform +260 1255725 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

Building community resilience to hazards is a critical issue in Zimbabwe (Photo: IRIN)
Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge.
The project aims to improve the utilization of arid land for food and livestock production, as well as focus on climate change mitigation via tree-planting and environmental protection (Photo: UNISDR/Pius Loupa)
A five-year initiative to tackle endemic poverty in Uganda’s northern region of Karamoja is expected to boost resilience to natural hazards, especially the recurrent droughts which can decimate livelihoods.
Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region.
Poor sanitation and lack of garbage collection is a risk factor in the spread of communicable diseases like cholera. (Photo: David Gough/IRIN)
A cholera outbreak in Kenya that is concentrated in the informal settlements shows how entrenched poverty can combine with poor urban planning to breed disasters.
A flooded church in Bangula, Nsanje District, southern Malawi. (Photo: Arjen van der Merwe/UNICEF)
Lashed by torrential rains, Malawi and neighbouring countries are in the grip of a major flood crisis, with scores of lives lost, and over 600,000 displaced in Malawi alone.
A wall of lava from the volcano on Fogo, Cape Verde, has engulfed two villages on the island. (Photo: Fogo News)
The President of the Cape Verde National Civil Protection Service, Arlindo Lima, has warned that the situation on the island of Fogo is likely to get worse in the coming days as volcanic activity continues and lava pours out of the Chã das Caldeiras crater where it has already destroyed two villages.
GENEVA, 14 July 2014 - Indicators for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction need to show what is happening locally as well as globally, the Preparatory Committee of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard today...
(l to r) Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Nigeria; Paul Dlamini, Deputy PM, Swaziland; and Margareta Wahlstrom, Head of UNISDR (Photo: UNISDR)
Africa today became the first world region to make a comprehensive set of recommendations for a new UN global agreement on reducing disaster risk, recognizing that most disasters in Africa are water-related and that efforts are needed to prevent conflict as part of overall efforts to build resilience to disasters.
Prof. Oliver Ruppel (extreme right) of the IPCC, keynote speaker on Integrating DRR and Climate Change Adaptation flanked by Chair, Adama Alhassane Diallo, ACMAD, Moderator, Prof. Laban Ogallo, IGAD/ICPAC, Dr. Aida Diongue Niang, Senegal,and Katie Peters, CDKN/ODI. (Photo: UNISDR)
A disaster-resilient future for Africa will have to take account of the fact that it is the region of the world that will suffer the most from climate change and which struggles the most when it comes to capacity to manage present and future disaster risk, the 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction heard yesterday.
(from left to right) Secretary General Sierra Leone Red Cross, Emmanuel Hindovei Tommy, Hon. Abdou Sane, panel chairman, Hon. Rachel Shebesh, Moderator, during plenary session to discuss Managing Risk: Policy and Institutions (Photo: UNISDR)
From school to university education, from early warning to data collection, and from national development plans to community-based participation, Ethiopia has made solid gains in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on disaster risk reduction adopted in 2005.

Publications

This assessment reviewed forecasts and impacts of the 1997-98 El Niño, as well as the climate-related early warning and natural disaster preparedness systems in the following locations in order to improve their ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) and

This publication provides 35 good practices and lessons learned as concrete examples of how to make children safer in their classrooms and educate them about disasters.

Good practices and lessons learned, a publication of the “Global network of NGOs” for disaster risk reduction.

This publication is a joint effort of the Global Network of NGOs for Disaster Risk Reduction, an emerging network of national and international

Activities

Our regional office engages in the following tasks and activities to support international efforts for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Sendai Framework implementation

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Extended programme of action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006-2015)

This report includes the extended Programme of Action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for disaster risk reduction (2006-2015) and the recommendations of the second African Ministerial Declaration on disaster risk reduction held in Nairobi, Kenya, 14-16 April 2010.

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Disaster reduction in Africa: ISDR Informs

The Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level.

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East and Central Africa Disaster Risk reduction website

This website serves as a platform to promote the disaster risk reduction agenda in the region, providing insights and linkages to national, regional, continental and global frameworks and actions on Disaster Risk Reduction. It also seeks to provide technical and policy guidance, standards and information in order to enhance coordination and learning for better programming and increased community resilience in the region.