Commitment to Action

Using Science to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters

Commitment by

Concern Worldwide

In 2015, Concern Worldwide and its partner, Ulster University in Northern Ireland, committed to create the Institute for Disaster Impact Reduction at Ulster University to address both the increasing frequency of natural disasters and the recent academic strides which improve the potential for their prediction and management. The Institute, which will specifically address earthquake hazards, will provide courses and advanced training for undergraduate students, humanitarian practitioners, and national and international government staff to facilitate the incorporation of scientific information into evidence-based humanitarian programming. As a result, over three years, 400 undergraduate students will take a new course focused on the integration of scientific understanding into humanitarian programming. In addition, Concern Worldwide will train at least 1,000 of its own staff, as well as staff from partner organizations, on the elements of earthquake awareness to better prepare for effective emergency response.

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Commitment

Using Science to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$2,200,000

Region

Asia, Latin America & Caribbean

Countries

AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, HAITI, NEPAL, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES

Commitment by

Concern Worldwide

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

University Of Ulster