About Us
ADPC's strength lies in its willingness to be flexible and innovative in the ways that it delivers its technical assistance and support in disaster risk reduction, based on the needs expressed by the countries it serves. ADPC's 2020 Strategy comprehensively approaches disaster risk reduction through enhancing capacity of countries by utilizing science-based information; strengthening government systems for effective risk management at all levels; and by improving grounded application of risk reduction measures in development.


ADPC is using scientific knowledge to identify, quantify and understand risk. Examples of our scientific work include, but are not limited to, climate downscaling to local scales for emergency planning; using remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) to identify risks; and economic modeling for risk financing.

Click here to see our current work under the Science Program.


Once the risk is understood, ADPC aims to institutionalize or strengthen systems to address the risk. For example, ADPC supports national-level frameworks on disaster risk reduction in several countries; strengthens the capacity of sub-national disaster management officials by supporting the disaster risk reduction process and making sure procedures are in place; and most importantly, ADPC ensures that the policies and guidelines that the national frameworks include are implemented. We're furthermore trying to 'link-up' the bottom-up approach with the sub-national level.

Click here to see our current work under the Systems Program.


The final step to ADPC's work is to apply the scientific knowledge once the systems are in place. This includes, for example, integrating disaster risk reduction into development planning processes. ADPC's work in urban management, for instance, reaches out to other sectors to make sure that knowledge on disaster risk reduction is put into place. In an urban context, this may include working with city-level planners on contingency planning.

Click here to see our current work under the Applications Program.