All of UCAA’s work is aimed at alleviating poverty and empowering the people at the grassroots to analyse their situation and to help themselves. This itself is addressing some of the underlying drivers of disaster risk by reducing people’s vulnerability to hazardous events
A member of a savings and loans group, for example, has more capacities to deal with unexpected shocks and might even be able to invest in better protection of their health, their homes and livelihoods.
UCAA’s Acting against disaster risks projectis funded by EU under the EU Aid Volunteers Initiative Program. The aim of the project is to contribute to more effective humanitarian response, DRR and resilience in the five countries (Ethiopia, Uganda, Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia) through strengthening 48 local NGOs and 300,000 vulnerable and disaster prone communities.
Since 2017, UCAA has participated in the ACTing against Disaster Risk Consortium and has hosted volunteers through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative to increase our capacity in disaster risk reduction. In this context, over 200 UCAA staff, board members, Change Agents and local government officials have been trained in community-based disaster risk reduction. The training has covered the key concepts of disaster risk reduction as well as hands-on training on how to conduct participatory risk assessments.