Community Practitioners Platform

Positioning Grassroots Community Practitioners as Experts and Advisors

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Community Practitioners Platform

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

  1. Convene grassroots community experts in regional and national forums to share practices, lessons and identify advocacy priorities.
  2. Promote interface between community leaders and local authorities, national governments and other donors and policy makers.
  3. Facilitate community-led actions that demonstrate the capacities of grassroots women and communities to undertake public roles in resilience.
  4. 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.

Three Principles for Building the Community Practitioner's Platform

  1. Financing community driven pro poor resilience 
  2. Advocacy and partnering between community based organizations and local and national government and multilateral agencies
  3. Networking between members to share, transfer, and aggregate good practice and lessons for engaging and scaling up community driven resilience processes

First Stakeholder Advisory Group

In October of 2010, the Huairou Commission and GROOTS International convened 20 participants representing grassroots organizations, civil society networks, government and multi-lateral institutions for the First Stakeholder Advisory Group of the Community Practitioner's Platform, hosted by SIDA Sweden, to help advance the Activities and Principles of the Platform.

Institutions Represented in First Stakeholder Advisory Group

GROOTS International, Huairou Commission, Gender Disaster Network, Pratt Institute, Fundacion Guatemala, Comite de Emergencia Garifuna de Honduras, Union of Cooperatives Las Brumas, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, GROOTS Kenya, Cordaid, GROOTS PERU, Practical Action, AJWS, Action Aid, World Bank, SESAN (National Department of Food Security and Nutrition in Guatemala), CONRED (National Disaster Management Agency for Guatemala), SEPLAN (Ministry of Urban Planning and Cooperation Unit of Honduras), NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority of India), CEPREDENAC (Central American Regional Disaster Management Agency), UN HABITAT, SIDA Sweden and UNISD