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Governance in the Sendai: a way ahead?

Emmanuel Raju (Faculty of Law and Global Health Section, Copenhagen Centre for Disaster Research, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Karen da Costa (School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 4 June 2018




The purpose of this paper is to identify how governance and accountability have been addressed in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030.


The research is mainly based on the analysis of the SFDRR; scientific literature, particularly recent publications covering the SFDRR. The paper also takes into account grey literature.


The SFDRR does address issues of governance and accountability in disasters. However, more needs to be done to translate it into practice – particularly with regard to accountability.


The paper covers a topic that has not attracted considerable academic attention, despite the fact that the need to address accountability in disaster risk management, notably in DRR, has been generally acknowledged. By addressing governance and accountability in the most recent international DRR framework the paper adds value to the literature.



The authors would like to thank the EU funded COST Action IS1201: Disaster Bioethics for funding a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM).


Raju, E. and da Costa, K. (2018), "Governance in the Sendai: a way ahead?", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 278-291.



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