Strategy and Guidance

Latin America and the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Plan 2015-2019

For more than 30 years, USAID has been a leader in disaster risk reduction (DRR), pioneering approaches that have built regional and national disaster response capacities to confront a whole range of hazards. In Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID—through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—has trained more than 70,000 people in emergency management and disaster response.


Environmental Flows Management for Improved Resilience

Over the course of time humans have built dams to store water, bridges to cross mighty rivers, and canals to divert water to farm land with little awareness about the impact these modifications have on river flows, and in turn on the health of the natural environment.

Implementation Guide

Hazard-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide

The following hazard-specific disaster risk reduction (DRR) sheets are intended to guide analysis of which USAID/OFDA sectors and sub-sectors may be most relevant to reducing risk related to an identified hazard in the program location. As set out in USAID/OFDA’s DRR conceptual framework and strategy, the broad context of the area exposed to a given hazard, and the capacities that exist within that area, will also guide the development of appropriate DRR programs.


Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Training Manual

This training manual is part of the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (UCCAR) training course. This course is developed in collaboration with the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii. It aims to improve climate change knowledge among mid- to senior-level managers working in urban and infrastructure planning and, in turn, help them design better adaptation projects.

Fact Sheet

Disaster Risk Reduction FY 2015 Fact Sheet

Natural disasters adversely affect millions of people every year. To minimize the impact on vulnerable populations, USAID/OFDA supports disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs aimed at saving lives and protecting livelihoods, assets, and infrastructure before, during, and after disasters, while strengthening resilience to natural hazards.


Final Performance Evaluation – Water Sanitation and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resiliency (WaTER) Project

Pastoralist communities in Ethiopia exhibit some of the lowest water and sanitation coverage rates in the world. In order to contribute towards alleviating the prevailing water and sanitation problems, USAID/Ethiopia designed a three-year and four months (September 6, 2011-March 31, 2014) Water Sanitation and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resiliency (WaTER) Project with a total budget of almost $8 million.

Fact Sheet

Resilience in the Limpopo Basin Program (RESILIM): Olifants Catchment


The Olifants and its contributing waterways are critical for supporting life in the Limpopo River Basin. Yet unchecked pollution, inappropriate land and resource use, weak and poorly enforced policies and regulations, and poor protection of habitats and biodiversity are degrading the Olifants at an alarming rate. Improved water security, wise resource management, and healthy ecosystems are necessary to continue to support livelihoods and resilient economic development.