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Ever increasing losses due to sudden onset disasters and long-term changes induced by the effects of climate change put people’s lives and assets at risk and jeopardize development gains in the affected countries. Insufficient resilience capacities pose an increasing challenge to inclusive growth of countries and communities, both in developed and developing countries.

Following the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, we, as the Swiss NGO community, decided to work jointly on resilience, by addressing disaster risks through prevention, risk mitigation, preparedness and response. In 2011, the Swiss NGO DRR Platform was founded with the aim to capture the existing knowledge and experience, to exchange and coordinate and to increase effectiveness and quality of Swiss NGOs work related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

Our objective is to contribute to enhanced quality of our services, to promote the diversity of knowhow and experience, to provide guidance for increased effectiveness and to advocate for the importance of DRR and CCA for building resilient communities worldwide.


The Platform serves as a forum for its members to facilitate activities in the following three domains:

  • Exchange and learning: practitioners’ workshops and learning events in Switzerland and abroad, annual F2F event.
  • Conceptual support and technical advice: methodologies for the operationalization of concepts, collection of good technologies and practices, guidance for quality control.
  • Raising awareness and advocacy: contribution to shaping post-HFA and other policy processes, participation in international networks.



The platform is composed of the following statutory organs:

  • Member Assembly, comprising organisations based in Switzerland
  • Core Group, consisting of expert level representatives of member organisations
  • Steering Committee, consisting of management level representatives of 3 member organisations, all of which compulsory members of the core group
  • Extended Network, including implementing organisations and resource persons from partner countries as a wider exchange network