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 Safe Cities
By now an estimated 50% of the population of developing countries is living in cities and eight out of ten largest cities of the World is in developing countries. Over three quarters of those cities are exposed to at least one natural hazard. Yet, cities are ill-prepared to effectively respond to such events, and the collective effort to reduce risk from disasters continues to be significant compared to the constant increase in risk caused by urbanisation and aging infrastructure.

This specialisation course provides an overview of disaster risk management sound practice for local government policymakers, urban managers, planners, and disaster management professionals. It discusses the inter-linkages of the social and physical parameters of vulnerability of cities with their local government development, organisation, and management. It explains the impediments to disaster risk reduction in urban environments and then presents the key concepts of disaster risk management and the role and intervention of local institutions. It emphasises that disaster risk reduction only takes place when it is inherently integrated within local government functions.
The thematic courses are delivered in English medium only
Four Weeks (One month)
Course Fee
Course Fee Waived
Course Contributors
Presentations:  Fouad Bendimerad, Chairman, EMI 
Structural Design and Technical Support:  Katherine Kelman, Stanford University; Etelka Konthror, WB; Berna Yekeler, WB; Andrei Tolstopiatenko,WB; Arseny Malov, WB; Hector Montenegro, WB; Hernan Gigena,WB
Course Development and Supervision:  Katalin Demeter, Senior Urban Specialist,WB
Indian Scenario: Ms. Chandrani Bandyopadhyay & Mr P.G Dhar Chakarbarti,IAS