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A normative model for integrating organisations for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within SADC member states

Livhuwani David Nemakonde (African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)
Dewald Van Niekerk (African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

Research has demonstrated that governance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) have evolved largely in isolation from each other – through different conceptual and institutional frameworks, response strategies and plans, at both international, national and subnational levels. As a result, the management of disaster risk through DRR and CCA is highly fragmented. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the set of actors and their location in government that create and shape governance in DRR and CCA integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.

Design/methodology/approach

The study draws upon a range of data collection techniques including a comprehensive literature review relating to DRR and CCA in general and in the SADC member states, face-to-face interviews and an online survey. A mixed method research design was applied to the study with a total of 35 respondents from Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe participating in the face-to-face interviews and an online survey.

Findings

The analysis shows that DRR and CCA are carried out by different departments, agencies and/or ministries in all but three SADC member states, namely, Mozambique, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Participants were able to highlight the different ways in which integration should unfold. In light of this, the paper proposes a normative model to integrate government organisations for DRR and CCA within SADC member states.

Originality/value

The implementation of the model has the potential to accelerate the integration of organisations for DRR and CCA, with the resultant improvement in the implementation of risk reduction strategies and efficient use of resources.

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Citation

Nemakonde, L.D. and Van Niekerk, D. (2017), "A normative model for integrating organisations for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation within SADC member states", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 361-376. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-03-2017-0066

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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