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close this bookDisasters and Development (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - United Nations Development Programme , 1994, 55 p.)
close this folderPART 4 - Forging the links between disasters and development
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View the documentThe UN and the NGO role
View the documentBuilding links between disasters and development - the community’s role
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UN Agencies and NGOs can play a part in reshaping national strategies in disaster preparedness, mitigation, and recovery, this is accomplished through:

- increasing knowledge and awareness
- demonstration of risk reduction measures through better decision making and planning
- technical expertise and information exchange
- legitimizing and financing of mitigation projects

UN agencies and NGOs should strive to set positive examples and serve as models for local government counterparts.

Community involvement is critical to the design and implementation of mitigation programs.

Since disasters rise from situations of poverty, development programs should be aimed at reducing poverty.