In South Africa and Africa as a whole, limited opportunities exist to scrutinize and debate burning issues surrounding disaster risk reduction. For some time the ACDS has considered the idea of implementing an annual lecture that will stimulate consideration and discussion of disaster risk reduction matters. To this end it was decided to introduce the Pat Reid Annual Lecture from 2006 (renamed the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture from 2012).
The naming of the lecture has provided an opportunity to recognize the work and dedication of a pioneer in the disaster risk reduction fraternity in South Africa. The aim of the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction is to provide a platform from which internationally recognized experts can address a topical disaster risk reduction issue, which will also elicit some debate.
The first Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Ms. Pat Reid with the topic:
Risky mind-sets and clichés: the challenges of mainstreaming disaster risk management into development practices.
The fifth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Prof. James Lewis on 14 September 2010 with the title:
“Corruption: the hidden perpetrator of under-development and vulnerability to natural hazards and disasters.”
The sixth Pat Reid Annual Lecture was presented by Dr. Elaine Enarson on 7 September 2011 with the title:
“Gender, disaster and climate change: new ways forward to reduce risk.”
From 2012 the Pat Reid Annual Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction will be known as the Pat Reid Memorial Lecture in Disaster Risk Reduction.
The seventh Pat Reid Memorial Lecture was presented by Prof. Ken Hewitt (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) at the first Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction with the title: “Disasters in ‘development’ contexts: Social vulnerability, precautionary and preventive concerns’.