Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Partners in Action
State Promotes University Alliance to Train Development and Risk Management
Perus National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) and several of the countrys universities have signed cooperation agreements to promote a National Training Programme aimed at a variety of stakeholders who need in-depth knowledge of the unbreakable links between risk management, disaster reduction and sustainable development.
This alliance will also help INDECI and the Peruvian State carry out risk assessments, engage in preventive measures, and promote a culture of prevention among professionals, teachers, government officials, media workers, community leaders and the public.
At present, an experimental project is underway to involve researchers and other scholars in the implementation of the training components of the National Disaster Prevention and Response Plan, one of INDECIs nation-wide efforts. The project will focus on:
The first stage of the project will concentrate on the launch, in at least five of the countrys regions, of a Masters programme involving several universities with a proven academic record, to ensure the success and sustainability of the effort.
In no more than two years, the goal is to have provided the first generation of professionals with the scientific and technological skills needed to act as managers and supervisors in any of the member bodies of the National Civil Defence System (SINADECI), or indeed similar organizations at the international level.
They should be able to design, test and implement methods and procedures for disaster management, rehabilitation, prevention and the enforcement of safety regulations in the building of development infrastructure.
During this initial
stage, a curricular model will be developed for each university, based
on the specific needs of regional or local SINADECI member bodies, with
their full participation, to provide diplomas or masters degrees
The third stage will assess the products and processes of the two previous stages in order to make the necessary adjustments so that the academic process can meet INDECIs concrete needs. In addition, an alumni database will be set up to integrate graduates into the staff of SINADECI, other public and private institutions, and other organizations and groups that encourage citizen participation in vulnerability and disaster reduction. Participating universities will also create electronic mailing lists and discussion forums.
For more information