All posts in Environment and Disasters

Climate Risk Assessment of Dominican Republic

Climate change poses huge challenges for Dominican Republic, an island that regularly experiences hurricanes, already suffers from stress on water resources, and whose main industry is tourism.

IRMA was approached by DAI to guide a climate risk assessment focusing on the island’s coastal areas. For this, IRMA is using the participatory GIZ methodology and working closely with Fundación Plenitud, a national NGO with expertise in climate, ecosystems and health.

The assessment IRMA is leading will include consultations with decision-makers, technical experts and representatives of coastal communities, to decide which impacts the country needs to prioritize in its climate change adaptation plans. It is funded by Adapt’Action Facility of Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

IRMA’s team for this assignment is Lezlie Moriniere and Marilise Turnbull.

​Evaluation of FCDO’s Centre for Disaster Protection Programme

IRMA serves as Programme Evaluation Lead (PEL) for a multi-cycle evaluation of the UK Prosperity Fund​’s Centre for Disaster Protection Programme composed of two implementing partners: the Centre​ and the World Bank’s Disaster Protection Programme. The evaluation team focuses on producing knowledge and compiling learning spearheaded by the programme since 2018.  The Centre, based in the City of London, has grown to be widely appreciated by country and humanitarian actors looking to protect their investments and secure financial pipelines to more efficiently support populations affected by crisis and disasters. 

IRMA’s co-founder, Lezlie Moriniere is leading this effort for Tetratech/NIras/Integrity consortium

Gender mainstreaming for African Risk Capacity (ARC)

The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a Specialized Agency of the African Union, enables African governments to access rapid financing to protect the food security and livelihoods of their vulnerable populations in extreme weather events.

ARC engaged IRMA to guide and support the roll-out of its gender mainstreaming strategy. This multi-faceted assignment includes:

  • Designing and delivering training to ARC staff and African countries’ governments on Gender and DRM
  • Producing guidance on gender and DRM for thematic and operational teams across the organisation
  • Research to determine the feasibility of a gender-transformative fund
  • Developing a virtual resource centre for gender and DRM, and
  • Advising key countries on their gender and DRM strategies and policies.

IRMA’s team is Marilise Turnbull, Lezlie Moriniere, Sohna Ngum and Marko Lesukat.

Documenting achievements, results and lessons learned for UNDP Tunisia’s “Support for strengthening national and local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction” Program

In Tunisia, UNDP has been working with national and local partners to implement the program “Support for strengthening national and local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction” since 2017. This support has been materialised mainly through two projects, namely:

  • “Improving community resilience and the safety of local communities vulnerable in urban areas in terms of Disaster Risk Reduction, for the towns of Boussalem, Gabes, Kasserine, Mateur and Siliana”, funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS);
  • “Support for strengthening local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction in the communes of Ain Drahem and Tataouine ”, financed by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).

IRMA Founding partner Lezlie Morinière together and  and Associate Charlotte Gendre are developing communication pieces that capture the achievements, results and lessons learned of this program. The results of this documentation effort will be used to inform, guide and advocate for future Disaster Risk Reduction interventions in Tunisia.

Providing guidance for pandemic-proof disaster and climate risk reduction within the IFRC

Serving as a DRM leader for the humanitarian and development community for decades,  experience has directed the IFRC to anticipate disasters and risks, rather than solely respond. Yet, as for most of the world, COVID-19 took the IFRC by surprise and the delivery of services to communities was slowed.

Since, the IFRC Strategy 2030 plans to significantly invest in “epidemic and pandemic preparedness building trust, ownership and engagement and placing communities at the centre” and across the world, RCRC is already rethinking its programmes based on the COVID-19 experience.

To support this shift, IRMA is providing guidance to IFRC to adapt , or “Pandemic-proof” 9 keystone preparedness product lines including the EVCA, Road map to Resilience, CEWS, FbF, CBDRR, urban DRR, communication and climate-related tools. 

IRMA’s team for this project is Lezlie C. Moriniere, Marilise Turnbull and Sehdia Mansaray with the advisory of Dr. Carlos Mansilla.