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Paris Saint Germain/Science Po: Launch of 20hr Module on Disaster Risk Mgmt

IRMA has been invited to teach a 5th Year Masters students  attending the St. Germain (France) Institut d’etudes politiques (IEP) Master Politiques de coopération internationale.

This 20hour course provides students with a solid introduction to climate/crisis and disaster risk management (RM). It is structured tightly around the 4 main yet overlapping spheres of RM (prevention / preparedness / response and recovery) and the 3 components of risk (hazard / exposure / vulnerability) to provide a strong initiation into the topic. 

Students will be put into four teams, each of which will take on the role of 1 donor to build an effective RM program in one country (4 different continents), focused largely on 1 type of hazard (natural / conflict / health / techno, but set as appropriate in a multi-hazard dynamic).

Final grades are given by a panel of experts based on team presentations of each RM program–judging how well risk is likely to be “managed” (prevented / transferred / reduced/managed, etc.).

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.

Webinar on Cash and Voucher Assistance conducted by Floor Grootenhuis in partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Cash and voucher assistance have grown from carefully designed pilot projects as alternatives to food aid. However, some see this as radical as it challenges the status quo of the humanitarian architecture.
According to the State of the World’s Cash report in 2020, published by the Cash and Learning Partnership (CaLP), Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has doubled globally since 2016 from $2.8 to 5.6 billion US dollars.

Floor Grootenhuis, an IRMA associate, is one of the pioneers of CVA. She conducted a webinar in October in partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs to discuss the practice of unrestricted CVA as a radical act and share her thoughts on the following key issues :

  • What are the implications of Cash and Voucher Assistance at this scale on the humanitarian architecture?
  • What does it demand from the humanitarian community?
  • What mechanisms are in place to ensure that it reaches those that need it most?


The webinar recording can be watched here.