Overview

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Regional Office for Africa (UNDRR-Africa) based in Nairobi, Kenya coordinates DRR initiatives in support of 44 Member States in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNDRR-Africa has as solid partnership with the African Union Commission, five Regional Economic Communities (RECs) regional UN entities and other development partners. It also engages stakeholders such as  science and technology consortia, youth representatives, media and civil society members and groups.

The UNDRR-Africa Liaison Office, based in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, provides support to the African Union Commission to implement the Programme of Action (POA) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Africa. The UNDRR-Ethiopia office also organizes the biannual meetings of the Africa Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR) jointly with the AUC. The AWGDRR is chaired by the AUC while UNDRR is the Secretariat. It is the primary  body for continental coordination of DRR in Africa. The AWGDRR meetings bring together regional and national DRR focal points alongside  key DRR actors to implement the POA.

Contact us

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

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

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE 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
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
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
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 National Platform +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Seychelles Division of Risk and Disaster Management Sendai Framework +248 4672200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Sierra Leone Disaster Management Department, Office of National Security National Platform +232 76 615 840 COUNTRY PROFILE
South Africa Department of Water Affairs and Forestry National Platform +27 123367500 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
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

Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Risk Reduction 10 September 2019 Financial Times Summit, Maputo Remarks Ms. Mami Mizutori Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk
UNDRR chief, Mami Mizutori, with the head of Mozambique's disaster management agency, Augusta Maita, at a meeting of the country's National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
UNDRR chief Mami Mizturi applauds Mozambique's commitment to reducing disaster losses, on her first visit to the country which is recovering from back-to-back cyclones earlier this year.
With Cyclone Idai devastating Mozambique, Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for DRR, writes in this op-ed that the country should build resilience to prepare for worsening extreme weather associated with climate change.
At the opening of the World Reconstruction Conference (left to right) Mami Mizutori, UNDRR, Sameh Wahba, World Bank, Asaka Okai, UNDP and Carl Hallergard, EU Delegation to Geneva
Whether the discussion was on reconstruction, early warnings or science and policy, the challenge of inclusion in disaster risk reduction was a central theme in today's preparatory meetings for the 6th edition of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Cyclone Idai shows once more how the countries which contribute the least to climate change are the ones most affected by it. The levels of poverty in developing countries like Mozambique prevent them from investing significantly in resilient infrastructure and could hinder efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Group photo of participants at the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference
Japan hosted the 2nd World Tsunami Museum Conference which attracted 156 participants from 17 countries to help raise awareness of tsunami risk.
From left: Diraj founder, David Owino with media award winners, Ruth Keah Kadide, Kenya, Dicta Asiimwe, Uganda, Mai Elshafei, Egypt, and UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori
Over 100 entries from 16 countries were received for the first African Media Awards which were announced in Tunis on Saturday on the closing day of the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.
(from left) Panellists Nina Stuurman, IOM; Katie Peters, ODI; Hamza Said Hamza, Somalia; Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO; Banak Wal, South Sudan
One of the most anticipated sessions at the Africa-Arab States Platform on DRR today was the session on DRR in a Fragile and Conflict context.
Mohamed Saleh at the closing of the risk workshop in Nairobi, Kenya
As the Government of Kenya initiates a reform programme to improve the country’s capacity to reduce disaster risks and mitigate the socioeconomic and fiscal impact of disasters, UNISDR co-hosts a risk workshop to provide relevant decision-makers with tools and methodologies to make informed choices and to support the development of holistic risk reduction strategies.
City leaders and disaster risk planners in Africa share experience on inclusive resilience at a progress workshop under the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in Nairobi.
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Publications

DRR in Africa summary cover page

The analysis covers three to five financial years for each country, except for Cameroon where only 2019 data is included. The OECD DAC budget marker was used to review and mark budget lines that represent DRR investments, allowing direct and indirect

Disaster Risk Reduction Investment in Africa Synthesis– cover page

In 2018–2019, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) carried out risksensitive budget reviews (RSBRs) for 16 African countries. This report synthesises trends in DRR investments across the 16 countries and identifies general policy

Zambia cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) mainstreaming in Zambia. It employs a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR) analysis, which uses the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Tanzania cover page

This report analyses public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Tanzania and highlights the level of public investment in DRR in the country. It does this through a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR), which uses the Organisation for

São Tomé and PrÍncipe cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in São Tomé and Príncipe and information on the level of public investment in DRR in the country. This is done using a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR)

Rwanda cover page

This report analyses public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Rwanda and estimates the level of public investment in DRR in the country. It does this through a risk-sensitive budget review, which uses the Organisation for Economic

Namibia cover page

UNDRR has partnered with the European Union, African Union and African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States to deliver a programme to build African countries’ capacity in risk-sensitive investment planning and DRR mainstreaming under the programme

Kenya cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Kenya and highlights the level of public investment in DRR in the country. It does this through a risk sensitive budget review, which uses the Organisation

Guinea-Bissau cover page

This report analyses public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) mainstreaming in Guinea-Bissau, as part of UNDRR’s programme “Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities”. It

The Gambia cover page

This report provides an analysis of public investment planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in The Gambia and informs on the level of public investment in DRR in the country. This is done using a risk-sensitive budget review (RSBR) that applies the

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.