ACP-EU Building Disaster Resilience in Sub Saharan Africa

About the Program

In Africa various forms of vulnerability have the potential to amplify minor hazard events into major disasters. These disrupt the normal functioning of states, economies and development efforts at large.

The Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan Africa Program (€ 80 M) was launched in 2014 as an initiative of the ACP Group of States, funded by the European Union in order to implement an African comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Management (DRR and DRM) framework.


Expected results are:

  • Strategic, institutional, political and normative aspects of Disaster and Climate Resilience at regional and sub-regional level;
  • Regional and sub-regional weather and climate services for end-to-end and people-centred early warning systems (EWS), preparedness and response;
  • Understanding risks through identification, assessment and modelling;
  • Risk financing for resilient recovery and reconstruction.


The African Union Commission (AUC), with the support of the European Union Delegation for the AUC in Addis Ababa, will coordinate and partially implement the Programme.

The different result areas will be implemented by:

  • The African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
  • The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
  • And with the support of EUMETSAT

The Programme will be overseen by a Steering Committee chaired by the AUC and composed of the implementing partners, as well as by ECOWAS, ECCAS, IGAD and SADC. The ACP Secretariat is also member of the Steering Committee as well as the European Union Delegation to the AUC (as observers).


The Programme will deliver as follows:

    • The African Union Commission advances on the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and successor post 2015;
    • The African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) improve their DRR coordination, planning and policy advisory capacities to their member states;
    • WMO African Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) meet the needs of National DRM agencies in the use of weather and climate services for DRR;
    • Sub-Saharan countries improve knowledge of risks through historical disaster related data to inform the modelling of future risks;
    • Multi-risk financing strategies are developed to help African leaders make informed decisions to mitigate the socio-economic, fiscal and financial impacts of disasters.

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last update
5 October 2015

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