Regional Projects

Since 2009, RET has directly supported more than 65,892 direct participants in regional projects in Latin America & the Caribbean, 60% of them are vulnerable women and indirectly benefitted 329,460 participants throughout 17 projects focused on Protection, Education & Disaster Risk Reduction.

Current Projects

Institutional strengthening of the comprehensive risk management and disaster response of the Ministries of Education of Costa Rica and Panama.

The project aimed to increase schools’ resilience and guarantee their safety in the face of disaster events in Costa Rica & Panama through capacity building and institution strengthening of the Costa Rica and Panama Ministries of Education and their strategic partners. The project carried out activities intended to strengthen or build capacities in officials and bodies from the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica and Panamá (MoE) at different national, sub-national and local levels. It also provided institutional strengthening to reinforce the coordination mechanisms and development for the implementation and operationalization of the public policy on comprehensive disaster risk management and response. The project supports border collaboration between the two neighboring countries in terms of the comprehensive disaster risk management.

Civil society IMPACT DDR in Latin America and the Caribbean

In the framework of the project “Civil Society IMPACT DRR in Latin America and the Caribbean. More impulse for inclusion, Multi-Actor Involvement, Participatory DRR Plan of Actions, Collaborative Networking and Transparency. This project aimed to enhance the ability of civil society organizations to contribute to the impact of the SFDRR at the community level by strengthening the collaborative capacities and complementarities among networks in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region. With an objective to facilitate the reduction of exposure of the most vulnerable people in the LAC region, this project works across three sub-regions: South America, Central America and the Caribbean and focuses on impact in three risk zones in countries across LAC, to produce a cascade effect through advocacy from participating networks.

Articulation of Early Childhood in Disaster Risk Reduction

The objective of this project was to implement the workshop “Articulation of Early Childhood Development and Disaster Risk Reduction”. The project aimed to provide the community parties and actors responsible for early childhood development with the necessary disaster-risk reduction knowledge and tools to develop skills and efficiently participate in the development of a strategy and action plan to reduce the vulnerability of early childhood in emergencies and during disasters.

Development of capacities to ensure the protection of early childhood against the risk of disasters and emergency situations

This project takes place in Venezuela and Nicaragua and aims to develop the capacities of officials responsible for early childhood care, risk management and emergency response. The targeted groups are staff from UNICEF national offices, national and local counterparts, officials from international agencies and organizations, and people from civil society organizations (both at the national and local level).

Institutionalizing Sustainable Community Based Disaster Risk Management

Due to poor adaptive capacity, such as the low levels of community awareness and communication, poverty, inequality along with political economy factors that hold back community resilience such as the lack of local governance, coordination problems and regulatory environment, the negative impacts of disasters on communities are persisting and organizations and governments are failing to institutionalize effective and sustainable approaches to manage those risks at the local level.

This project aimed to facilitate the scale out and institutionalization of sustainable CBDRM approaches, through increasing the understanding of common success factors for the scale out of community based DRR along with increasing the capacity of governments, CSOs and other actors to work together to co-create the enabling environment factors for community based DRR and preparedness and finally, through increasing the political commitments and accountability for the scale out effective community based DRR and preparedness across the LAC region.