Practical Action works with a range of organisations worldwide, because we know that we can only bring about real change if we share our learning and collaborate. We share information at all levels, from people at the very grassroots of society to government institutions.
Working collaboratively with other NGOs, private sector organisations and government bodies, we leverage the experiences gained from our programme work to inform national, regional and global policy.
Some of our key partnerships for integrating disaster risk reduction into development are highlighted here:
GNDR +The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) is the largest international network of organisations committed to working together to improve the lives of people affected by disasters worldwide. The network was initiated with the close support of the UN-International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), and provides a platform for civil society organisations to input to and influence global Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) policy and practice. Practical Action is a member of GNDR and has been recognised as an “Expert” organisation by UNISDR.
GNDR provides the focal point for consultation on UN-led DRR, as well as producing the ‘Views from the Frontline’ publication. This documents communities’ knowledge of threats and impacts, their capacity to respond and the barriers they face. This knowledge is the starting point for action at all levels – local, national and global.
BOND +Practical Action are members of Bond-DRR, the British inter-agency network for Disaster Risk Reduction. Bond-DRR is a membership platform to share information, exchange experiences, explore opportunities for closer coordination and collaboration and influence government priorities and approaches.
The Inter-agency Resilience Learning Group +In the UK Practical Action are taking a leading role in the Inter-agency Resilience Learning Group (IRLG), to call for strengthened focus on resilience in development. The Learning Group is made up of INGOs, academic institutes, the private sector and the UK Department for International Development (DfID). The group offers Practical Action access to a dynamic network that explores resilience practice, documents lessons learned, and influences humanitarian and development strategies to focus on pro-poor resilience building.
LA RED +In 1992 Practical Action helped to set up LA RED, an alternative, open and independent risk and disaster management network in Latin America. Originally comprised of 16 people, this has now developed into a regional network with partner agencies in all countries of Latin America. The network supports key actors of civil society, NGOs and communities to influence their governments and decision-makers in the proper implementation of a Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction in Latin America post-2015.
Duryog Nivaran +Duryog Nivaran (literally meaning 'Disaster Mitigation' in Sanskrit) was established in 1994 as a research, training and advocacy network committed to promoting disaster risk reduction in South Asia through effective policy linking global and national to community and individual level.
The network is made up of partners from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Afghanistan and Bhutan. The Network influences regional policy, for example in 2014 drafting a Policy Document on the crucial role of gender in disaster risk reduction. Practical Action Nepal provides the secretariat for the network from Kathmandu.