Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI)

The CADRI Partnership is an UN-led interagency initiative that delivers customized capacity development support in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including preparedness for emergency response, to countries at risk.

It is composed of 12 members: UNDP, OCHA, UNICEF, WFP, FAO and WHO as Executive Partners, and UNESCO, UNITAR, WMO, UNOPS, IFRC, WB/GFDRR as Observer. Drawing upon the diversity of expertise of its members, CADRI offers a unique combination of knowledge, experience and resources to strengthen countries’ capacities to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.


The objective of the CADRI Partnership is to support the identification of critical capacity gaps at country level in view of prevailing risks and the articulation of coherent UN System and other stakeholder’s interventions to address those capacity gaps.

Through this initiative, CADRI Partner Agencies aim to strengthen existing capacity development initiatives to ensure a better alignment of support in capacity development in disaster risk reduction offered to countries. In this respect, the CADRI Partnership is a key enabler of the UN Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience through promoting coherence and mutual re-enforcement of the UN’s resilience building efforts.


The CADRI Partnership proposes a range of capacity development services covering 9 sectors: agriculture and food security, nutrition, health, education, environment, infrastructures, WASH, human mobility and climate services.

CADRI services include a methodology for assessing national capacities in DRR, the facilitation of multi-stakeholders’ engagement to develop national plans and strategies for DRR, the provision of technical assistance to implement selected capacity development activities and the delivery of training modules.

Between 2012-2015, the CADRI Partnership has provided support to 23 countries and trained more than 2,000 professionals from government, UN agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders.

In the context of an increasing number of requests for capacity development services in Disaster Risk Reduction, the CADRI Partnership is expanding the scope and geographic coverage of its services. It can leverage a network of 90 DRR/DRM experts in 16 regional hubs.


Further Information

Contact: The CADRI team may be contacted via any of its Partner Agencies or directly through Sophie Baranes, Executive Coordinator

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