Community Practitioners Platform
Positioning Grassroots Community Practitioners as Experts and Advisors
What is the Community Practitioners Platform? (Download Flyer)
The Community Practitioners’ Platform (CPP) for Resilience is an organizing and networking mechanism connecting grassroots community based groups working to reduce their vulnerability to disaster and climate risks in rural and urban areas. Aimed at building community-to-community support for advancing resilient local development, CPP strategies include fostering exchanges of good local risk reduction and resilience building practices and establishing multi community action plans that can be advanced with public officials. Local and other government representatives, private sector and other development actors who value and champion bottom-up, grassroots-led resilience building initiatives are also key members of the CPP.
The Community Practitioners’ Platform operates at national and global levels. In October 2010, UNISDR, Huairou Commission and GROOTS International sponsored the First Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Global Community Practitioners’ Platform to identify and link grassroots groups who could represent their disaster risk reduction leadership and priorities in regional and international fora, as well as institutional allies who would support this process. Today, a number of INGOs, development donors and regional actors who finance and support grassroots participation in DRR and resilient local development are identifying and helping their local partners to learn about and join this process.
Activities of the Community Practitioner's Platform
- Convene grassroots community experts in regional and national forums to share practices, lessons and identify advocacy priorities.
- Promote interface between community leaders and local authorities, national governments and other donors and policy makers.
- Facilitate community-led actions that demonstrate the capacities of grassroots women and communities to undertake public roles in resilience.
- Create products that communicate lessons, insights and advocacy messages of the CPP.
A Unique Opportunity
This platform presents a unique opportunity for community level representatives living and working in poor communities affected by disaster and climate change to play a key role in agenda setting and influencing UNISDR’s strategic plans and in implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action. The platform will function to enhance the visibility of community-led innovations and partnerships to reduce the impact of disaster and climate change.