South Africa

The Compact Dialogues: Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Practices to Support Sustainable Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa United Nations Global Compact
The Compact Dialogues: Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience Practices to Support Sustainable SMEs
Event language(s)
  • English

SMEs are the bedrock of global, national, and local markets, supporting 50% of global GDP and employing two of every three people. When disaster strikes, SMEs are hit harder, bearing around 75% of losses experienced by businesses. SMEs also suffer longer and are slower to recover than larger businesses. The UN Global Compact Network South Africa (GCNSA) in collaboration with UN Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and ARISE present The Compact Dialogues on SME Resilience. The purpose of The Compact Dialogue is to build awareness among SMEs, large corporations, business associations, financiers, and policymakers of critical ways to help support SMEs with mainstreaming disaster risk reduction practices in their operations and create a platform for SMEs to share current best practice, challenges, and opportunities.

Speakers Include:

  • David McGibbon: Senior Geologist, UMVOTO Africa
  • Julius Kabubi: Programme Analyst, UNDRR
  • Michael Surdakasa: Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, ARISE
  • Achieng Ojwang: Executive Director, GCNSA

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 (SAST)
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