Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR)


Background and Objectives


The Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) in the Cyclone Nargis affected areas of Myanmar, is a joint project of UNDP and UN-HABITAT, also builds on UNHABITAT role in the on-going post-Nargis response. UN-HABITAT has strongly advocated the notion of “building back better” and understands the challenges associated with making this notion a reality in the Delta region. UN-HABITAT, as Shelter Cluster Coordinator has worked, at a macro level, on standards and guidelines.


The overall objective of the project was to enhance basic disaster preparedness of the cyclone-affected communities and integrate disaster risk reduction efforts in some of the key sectors of recovery.


Towards this objective, the project will deliver three related outputs:

Output 1: Community-based disaster preparedness (Main responsibility UNDP)

Output 2: Capacity development for integrating disaster risk reduction in the rebuilding of human settlements (Main responsibility UN-Habitat)

Output 3: Awareness generation, Knowledge Networking and Partnerships (Shared responsibility UNDP – UN-Habitat)


 Set up artisan association groups for training of trainers at various levels.

  • Develop a training process for artisans focused on safe rebuilding approaches and techniques.
  • Conduct training on Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) community association groups, with regard to the selection of artisans for training and the on-the-ground demonstrations for safe rebuilding.
  • Conduct demonstrations of safe rebuilding in 100 villages by means of the CBDRM community selected limited number of houses of most venerable people and employing artisan for improvements.
  • Development of IEC Materials, manuals and other documents for wider dissemination of information.
  • Partnerships with government institutions, UN agencies and coordination with private agencies and other existing organizations for widening the scope of DRR.


  • 320 Carpenters from 50 villages were trained in DRR techniques.
  • 34 demonstration shelters were built
  • 60 people in 20 villages were trained to form Shelter Construction Committees
  • 320 Carpentry Kits were distributed _one for every trainee
  • 132 shelters in 20 villages were upgraded by the Shelter Construction Committees
  • 11,100 Household Guideline (How to build a safer shelter), 3,000 Carpenter Guideline (How to build a safer shelter), 10,500 Poster (Protect our Shelter from Rain, Storm and Flood), 2,500 Village Shelter Committee Manual were disseminated to the various levels.

 Development Partners/ Partners

Development Partners: DFID

Partners: Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Ministry of Construction, UNDP, Early Recovery Cluster partners, NGOs, UN Agencies and relevant local Authorities