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PERIPERI U ATTENDING AND PRESENTING AT THE AFRICAN REGIONAL PLATFORM 2016

The Government of Mauritius, in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will host a major conference of governments and partners in Africa which will examine progress in disaster risk reduction across the continent and the ongoing challenges of responding to extreme weather events which have left 60 million people in severe need across the region.

“It will be the first time that the region as a whole is coming together to discuss progress on implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction since the global plan to reduce disaster losses was adopted in March 2015. The outcome of the 6th Africa Regional Platform and the 5th High Level Meeting of African Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Reduction should be a sharper focus on risk reduction activity based on lessons learned from this current crisis”  

        –   Mr Khemraj Servansing, Director-General, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre in Mauritius.

The partners of the Periperi U consortium will be attending the AfRP 2016 as well as leading two sessions,

1)  A Pre-Event session titled “Maximising our Momentum” which will include presentations from a number of African academics and representatives from NGOs examining emerging risk challenges on the continent, insights into the practice of disaster risk science along the Indian Ocean, and Capacity building for Strengthened science technology and academic engagement in disaster risk reduction. This will run between 09:00 – 12:00 on the 22 November 2016.

2) A Side Event session titled “Strengthening Science and Technology, and Academic Engagement in Implementing the Yaoundé Framework in Africa” which  will aim to discuss critical gaps and strategic opportunities for strengthened disaster risk engagement by the science, technology and academic community in Africa, strategic mechanisms and vehicles for nurturing disaster risk-related science and research in Africa as well as  opportunities to strengthen partnerships between the STAC communities and civil society and governmental stake-holders at all scales. This session will take place between 16:30-17:30 on the 22 November 2016 in the Frangipani Conference Room.

3) An exhibition booth for Periperi U will also be present at the Conference Venue in which you can collect our conference materials and talk to some of our partners about the consortiums proagrammes, research and activities.

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Welcome to Periperi U

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Periperi U is a partnership of African universities that spans across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include eleven universities from Algiers to Antanarivo, with institutions in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

The goal of Periperi U is to reduce disaster risks in among African countries through improved national and local disaster risk management, due to enhanced strategic human capacity to integrate risk reduction into critical developmental sectors and programmes. The partners of Periperi U believe this can accomplished through building and embedding sustainable ‘multi-tasking’ capabilities in disaster risk and vulnerability reduction capacity building in ten selected institutions of higher learning in Africa consistent with global disaster reduction priorities reflected in the Hyogo Framework of Action.

This collective effort is practically reflected in:

  • New applied academic programmes that are generating urgently needed local disaster risk reduction professionals in Africa
  • Regular, accessible and practical disaster risk related short courses in local languages that are offered to government and civil society practitioners.
  • A surge in research of local disaster risks that that has improved the knowledge base for disaster risk management planning.
  • Opportunities for partnership members to learn from their colleagues experience through flexible exchange visits.

 

Funding partner of the Periperi U partnership

Key to the partnership’s ability to conduct research, initiate academic programs, carry out short courses and take part in various meetings and exchanges across the continent and globally comes from the financial support offered by USAID, an International agency whose main goals are to assist in combating extreme poverty, as well as promote the development of resilient, democratic societies globally.

To attain these goals USAID believes it is essential to invest in building human capital, creating inclusive, sustainable and self-reliant societies and reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable in the world in order to create a more prosperous and stable future for all.USAID is responsible for covering much of the partnership’s funding especially for staff salaries, academic programs travel for international exchange visits and engagements as well as subsidising short courses and research initiatives.

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Recent Periperi U Publications

A Risk Reduction Network: Extending Connections, Enhancing Resilience Periperi U Annual Report for the period 2014-2015
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Periperi U have recently launched a new short publication which speaks about the story of the development and progress of Periperi U over the last 10 years from a humble  handful of five African universities to a consortium of higher education instititutions that is recognised as an International Center of Excellence in Risk Education and Learning (IRDR ICoE REaL). Specifically it describes how the partnership has grown and paved its way forward as higher education institutions are contributing more and gaining greater influence in the field of disaster risk.

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This report observes the activities, accomplishments and obstacles experienced and reported by the consortium as a whole as well as those of the individual partners between October 2014 until September 2015. This report is divided into 5 sections; Section 2 details the accomplishments within each of the five key focus areas specified in the USAID grant, while Section 3 describes the significantly expanded secretariat support activities to the consortium. Section 4 revisits key programmatic constraints that have been encountered during this period.

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