Fifth Biennial Conference

of the

Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction

The Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction herewith invites and welcomes academics, researchers, postgraduate students and disaster practitioners to the 5th Biennial Conference of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction. The conference is hosted by the African Centre for Disaster Studies (North-West University) in partnership with the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) – Government of Malawi and will take place from 26-28 October 2022 at Amaryllis Hotels Blantyre.

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Conference theme:

Towards risk informed sustainable development in SADC region: Building resilient communities

  • Disater risk knowledge
    • Theoretical framing of disaster risk
    • Science, innovation, and technology in disaster risk management
  • DRR/CCA governance, frameworks, policies, and programmes
    • DRR Finances
    • Rethinking disaster research agendas, methods, and allocation of resources
    • Climate and disaster risks
    • AUC biennial reporting
    • Sustainable development/SDGs
  • Covid-19 in SADC
  • DRR urbanisation and development planning
  • Resilience, systems thinking and complex adaptive systems in DRR
  • Media, communication and advocacy
  • SADC perspectives and trans-boundary DRR
  • Inclusive DRR (participation of women, youth, children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups)
  • Networking, partnerships and collaborations in DRM
  • Lessons from recent tropical cyclones (Eloise, Idai, Kenneth, Anna, etc.) (Topic for Panel Discussion)
  • Emerging DRR and vulnerability issues (transactional sex, migration, gender-based violence)
  • Environmental management
    • Eco-DRR
    • Conservation in DRR

Aim of the conference

To provide a platform for the presentation, discussion, and depating of different approaches to disaster risk reduction in the face of climate change.

Abstracts can be submitted online by clicking here before the 21st of August 2022 and should contain the following information:

  • Rationale of the Research
  • Method of Investigation
  • Main Findings
  • Conclusions and Recommendation

Abstracts should be limited to 350 words. Successful author(s) will be required to register and attend the conference. All papers will be double blind peer reviewed by selected international experts. Successful papers may be published in a special edition of JÀMBÁ: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies.

Core dates:

  • 3 May 2022 – First call for abstracts
  • 21 August 2022 – Final abstract submission date
  • 30 September 2022 – Final Date for Registration
  • 26-28 October 2022 – Conference

Cost of the conference US($)

Note that participants from all regions around the world are welcome to present and/or attend the conference. Conference fee excludes accommodation, travel and visa; this is each delegate’s own responsibility.

If you require an invoice, please request it from Mr. Maynard Nyirenda at

Early bird registration

US$ 470


US$ 530

Students: US$ 250

Payment details

Please request an invoice by downloading the following form. Send the completed invoice form to Make sure that the information on the invoice is correct and that you are able to pay the invoice, as it cannot be cancelled. Please attach proof of payment to your conference registrations.

Please note that all travel expenses and visa application are the responsibility of each participant.