Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building

What is the project about

What is the project aboutProvincial Contingency Planning in Lubango, Huila © UNDP Angola/Keita Sugimoto

In 2014 the Vice-President of Angola identified five priorities for the National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC) in advancing Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the country. Building upon the established strategic partnership between CNPC and UNDP, the project addresses three urgent priorities of the government in decentralized contingency planning, disaster and risk information management, and institutional strengthening from January 2015 to December 2017.

What have we accomplished so far

• Provincial Contingency Plans so far developed in 8 disaster-prone provinces have established necessary strategic frameworks, leading the provincial governments to allocate budgets and facilitate effective disaster preparedness and response at local level. (2015: Cunene, Huila, Namibe, Uige, Cuanza Norte, Luanda; and 2016: Malanje and Benguela).

• 40 Disaster Risk Management practitioners from the Provincial Civil Protection Commission, the UN and CSO partners trained in the flood simulation exercise in Ondjiva, Cunene in February 2017 in anticipation of La Nina-induced flooding.

• 640 officials of the inter-sectorial Civil Protection Commissions at all levels have been trained in planning and implementing resilience-building interventions, with a special focus on preparedness for disaster recovery. 3 CNPC staff are capable of conducting provincial and municipal training seminars as a result of knowledge transfer and national capacity building efforts.

• 12 Municipal Strategies for Building Resilience have so far been prepared to enhance disaster resilience of vulnerable communities and municipalities in Cunene, Huila and Namibe based on the Pilot Provincial Strategies developed in the aftermath of the 2013/2014 drought. (Bibala, Camucuio, Tombwa, and Virei in Namibe; Chibia, Matala, Humpata, and Gambos in Huila; and Cahama, Namacunde, Ombadja, and Cuanhama in Cunene).

• A Pilot Disaster Recovery Plan was developed by the CNPC to support the flood-affected Province of Benguela in 2015.

• Based on the drought Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) conducted with the support of the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank, the CNPC is developing a Disaster Recovery Framework for the El Niño-induced drought-affected Southern provinces to break a cycle of recurrent drought.

• The National Disaster Loss Database – DesInventar was launched by the CNPC in April 2016 to facilitate evidence-based policy decisions internally, but also reporting internationally against the targets set in the Sendai Framework on DRR 2015-2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

• 4 thematic groups of the CNPC’s sectorial ministries have developed respective Work Plans with targets to achieve under the Strategic Plan for Prevention and DRR 2015-2017, which is aligned with the Sendai Framework.

• 5 CNPC staff have been trained by the ILO/UNISDR to roll out the national training programme on the Mainstreaming DRR into Sustainable Local Development Planning in Angola.

• 2 CNPC staff visited Mexico for an exchange of experience with the Civil Protection of Chiapas in DRR and resilience-building in 2016.

Please read more the National Plan for Preparedness, Contingency, Response, and Recovery 2015-17 and the Strategic Plan for Prevention and DRR 2015-2017.

Who finances it?

Year 2015

Donor name

Amount contributed


$ 560,000

Year 2016


$ 643,894


$ 251,423

Delivery in previous fiscal year