Taking Children's Voices in Disaster Risk Reduction a Step Forward

Mudavanhu, Chipo, Manyena, Bernard, Collins, Andrew, Bongo, Paradzayi, Mavhura, Emmanuel and Manatsa, Desmond (2015) Taking Children's Voices in Disaster Risk Reduction a Step Forward. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 6 (3). pp. 267-281. ISSN 2095-0055

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Abstract

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) continues to gain momentum globally and locally, but there is a notable void in the DRR literature on the role of children in community-level disaster risk management in Zimbabwe. Children are among the most vulnerable groups when disasters occur, yet their voices in disaster risk reduction are rarely heard. Using a qualitative methodology, this article examines the extent to which children are involved in disaster risk reduction in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Despite evidence of the potential positive impact that children can have on DRR, their involvement in risk reduction planning in Zimbabwe is negligible. To achieve greater resilience to disasters requires that children's voices are heard and recognized as central to improved disaster risk reduction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: published online first - 5 September 2015 Creative commons licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children's vulnerability, disaster risk reduction, flood hazard, Zimbabwe
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 12:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24145

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