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 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
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

A community in Gombaniro Village, Rusizi District, Rwanda, participates in an exercise to map hazards affecting their village (photo UNISDR/Samuel Okiror)
Rwanda has mainstreamed disaster risk reduction (DRR) across all sectors and put in place strong regulations and contingency plans to address all natural and man-made hazards affecting the country.
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Cliff Chiunda, Office of the President and the Cabinet, speaking at the workshop to establish a disaster loss data base for Malawi, with Clement Chinthu Phiri, Department of Disaster Management Affairs.
Malawi today became the latest country in Africa to complete training on establishing a national disaster loss data base, considered an essential prerequisite for being able to report on progress on reducing disaster losses and improving disaster risk management.
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A new guide designed to support local governments in their efforts to prevent disasters and reduce disaster losses is now available in draft form for public review before it will be finalized and launched in three months’ time.
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(from left) Sayanaa Lkhagvasuren of the Government of Mongolia met with UNISDR head, Mami Mizutori, during talks this week in Geneva on Sendai Framework implementation
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 will be three years old on March 18 as the first cycle of reporting gets underway.
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Group photo taken today at the close of the two day experts consultation on a Global Capacity Development Strategy to support implementation of the Sendai Framework
The 3rd anniversary of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was marked today with agreement on key elements of a Global Capacity Development Strategy to accelerate implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses.
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A rescuer speaks on the radio as he searches for survivors at collapsed building after an earthquake hit Hualien in Taiwan, February 8, 2018.
An opinion piece by SRSG Mami Mizutori at the start of a major effort by all U.N. member states to systematically collect data on everyday losses experienced as a result of natural or man-made hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards and risks.
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Participants at today's training session on how to use the Sendai Framework Monitor in the Palais des Nations, Geneva
Just one week after the launch of the Sendai Framework Monitor to capture data on disaster losses and strengthen disaster risk management, fifty countries have already logged on to use the online tool to report on 2017.
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Faces of Resilience: Chilal and her mother, Ms. Oumie Sissokho, Director of Operations, Gambia National Disaster Management Agency, at the last Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
For International Women's Day, UNISDR chief, Ms. Mami Mizutori, made an appeal for UN Member States to use the Sendai Monitor to provide better data on the impact of disasters on women and girls.
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Today marks a major milestone in the implementation of the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the launch of the Sendai Monitor which allows UN Member States to commence reporting on the their progress in reducing disaster losses and increased efforts to manage disaster risk.
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The dry and arid region of Isiola in Kenya where droughts are recurrent. Photo ©EU/ECHO/Martin Karimi
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has engaged CIMA Research Foundation to generate risk profiles on flood and drought in 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The countries that will be involved in the risk assessment are: Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Gambia, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe, and Kenya.
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Publications

This publication reports on the outcomes of a pilot project to ‘operationalize’ the Making Cities Resilient Campaign in three cities in Africa – Narok and Kisumu in Kenya and Moshi in Tanzania, commenced in 2012 by the UNISDR regional office for Africa

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the first RISK Award ceremony at the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference, Davos 2012; (ii) the devastating floods that hit hard the Philippines);

This special issue looks at drought risk reduction through the lens of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA), the global framework for disaster risk reduction. It features the excellent work being done throughout the African region and underscores the

A desktop review of the effectiveness of drought contingency plans and planning in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia:

This paper is a UNISDR contribution towards effective Drought Contingency Planning (DCP) for stakeholders and partners implementing drought

This monthly newsletter highlights UNISDR activities around the world. This issue reports on: (i) the two-day post-mortem on Typhoon Sendong in the Philippines leading to the Mindanao Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction Priorities; (ii) the new World

This policy brief, issued while Governments discuss how to adapt to climate change in Durban, reflects that African countries are committed and investing funds to reduce risk to floods and droughts, albeit too little and still insufficiently in

This issue addresses disaster risk by highlighting the action undertaken by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its partners to reduce the impacts of natural hazards in Africa.

Its content includes:
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This issue of Africa Informs covers disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities in Sub Saharan Africa at regional, sub regional and national level. It is intended to provide an advocacy platform, targeting regional and sub-regional fora, in order to increase

This inventory is an attempt to pull together the threads and to identify what does and what does not work in relation to legal, institutional and planning frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Africa. It aims to further support the

This publication is a compilation of good practices and lessons learned on early warning systems at different scales. Covered are natural hazards such as wildland fire, drought, floods, tsunami and extreme weather events. It highlights the importance of

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.