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CIFAL Newcastle - Private Sector Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction

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Newcastle, Australia & Web Based
5 Feb 2018 to 23 Nov 2018
Duration of event:
24 Weeks
Programme Area:
Decentralize Cooperation Programme
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Disaster risk reduction is a systematic approach to dealing with hazards through their identification, analysis and subsequent management. In the aftermath of the third world conference on disaster risk reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015, the issue of disaster risk reduction has been placed at the heart of sustainable development worldwide through the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

The Sendai Framework is both all-encompassing and generically aspirational, leading to considerable variation in both its interpretation and application. This course examines the Sendai Framework from the perspective of private sector organisations in their various forms, including commercial entities, not-for-profit organisations and humanitarian non-governmental organisations It also introduces a systematic approach to disaster risk reduction and explores the role and function of Public-Private Partnerships in reducing disaster risk.

On completion of this course students will be able to able to identify risk and hazards, vulnerability and the consequent level of risk faced by your organisation or community, as well as the societal systems, policies and procedures used to govern a given geographical location in relation to potential hazards and risk reduction.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the organisational, environmental and social systems, policies and procedures that influence a given private sector/non-governmental organisation for potential hazards.
  • Systematically analyse a given private sector/non-governmental organisation for potential hazards
  • Identify the potential risks arising from identified hazards
  • Develop an effective disaster risk reduction plan for the private sector/non-governmental organisation/Public-Private Partnership.

This course enables students to develop an understanding of the implications of the Sendai Framework upon societal expectations of private sector organisation, and differentiates them by organisational role and context. It pays particular heed to hazard identification and the subsequent management of risk, variously to organisations’ stakeholders and employees, clients and the wider community, as well as economic and environmental impacts. It facilitates students’ exposure to relevant policies and procedures, complexities of implementation, and their adaptation to the requirements of the Sendai Framework.

Public-Private Partnerships are explored through a number of different mechanisms and models whereby governmental bodies and private enterprises collaborate to deliver resistance disaster risk reduction initiatives.

The course also introduces students to the International Risk Governance Council’s Risk Governance Framework (IRGC-RGF) as the basis for evaluation the risk exposure and consequent risk reduction activities of private sector/non-governmental organisations of all types.

This course is a minimum of 2 contact hours per week for 12 weeks and assessment items specific to the content. Assessable items include report writing, projects, reflective journals and teamwork.

The target audience is those who work in a role related to business continuity, emergency management, risk management, workplace health and safety resilience management, disaster recovery planning or simply wish to progress into such a role this program will broaden your outlook, increase your knowledge, and provide you with an unrivalled, internationally recognised and certified skill set.

Participants successfully completing the course will receive a UNITAR certificate.


The below pricing is indicative of the course for international students.

USD $2,900 or AUD$3,950

Please note that course fees are updated annually and participants should refer to the program page. For more information on how to register, please contact CIFAL Newcastle at


Trimester 1, 2018

Commences Monday 5 February 2018.
Concludes Friday 27 April 2018.
Examination period Thursday 3 May to Friday 11 May 2018.

Trimester 3, 2018

Commences Monday 3 September 2018.
Concludes Friday 23 November 2018.
Examination period Thursday 29 November to Friday 7 December 2018.

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