The field of disaster risk reduction has been growing exponentially worldwide in the last 20 years even in the SADC region. This led to the establishment of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR). This society is a community of practice for disaster risk reduction within the regional context of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

From within the SADC context, several civil society organisations, academic and research institutions and national governments have taken initiatives in making disaster risk reduction a policy priority. Since the declaration of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a number of national disaster risk reduction platforms have been established and some inter-state coordination has been taking place, facilitated by the SADC Disaster Risk Reduction Unit. Yet very little formal inter-regional linkages and cooperation exist within the SADC region which includes non-traditional disaster reduction actors.

This society is therefore open to any individual, organisation, or government department which identifies themselves with disaster risk reduction, focusing on aspects such as the implementation of the HFA, the ARDDRP, and the SFDRR, and contributes to lessening the impacts of hazards on vulnerable communities within SADC.

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