Course Announcement: Drought Risk Reduction

Online course June 1 – August 5, 2016

Drought is a growing threat to many people and economies in both developing and developed countries, with characteristics differing considerably across the world. Droughts are considered to be the most far-reaching of all natural disasters, causing short and long-term social, economic, and ecological losses and having significant secondary and tertiary impacts.

To reduce vulnerability to droughts, a paradigm shift of drought management approaches is required in order to overcome the prevailing structures of reactive, post-hazard management and move towards proactive, risk-based approaches of disaster management.

Course Objective

Strengthening the capacity to anticipate and reduce the impact of drought through enhancing knowledge and skills for drought risk reduction practices as an integral part of the development process at community, national, sub-regional and regional levels.

Learning objectives

The online course will:

  • create greater awareness about effective drought risk management and responses;
  • provide comprehensive knowledge on drought disaster preparedness, mitigation and rehabilitation;
  • enable learners to carry out risk assessment and vulnerability analysis;
    generate awareness of the institutional mechanism, mobilization and participation in drought disaster management; and,
  • provide access to updated quality materials in support of specific subject areas for drought risk management.



There is no course fee; participants will be selected by the organizing committee considering gender, professional background, and geographic balance, as well as on their motivation and commitment to participate throughout the entire course.

Interested participants must complete the online registration form, including the presentation of the following documentation before Tuesday, 31 May, 2016.

1. Required. A short profile, describing: educational and professional background; experience in water resources management, water capacity development, or decision making; participation in networks and/or alliances; any other relevant information related to the course subject.

2. Required. A motivation and commitment letter: explaining your interest in participating in the course; availability to dedicate at least 4 hours per week during the course duration and participate in the course activities; and your expectations in terms how will you apply and share the acquired contents in your field of work and with your colleagues.

3. Optional. A 1-page letter of institutional support: through which the institution where you work expresses interest in your participation in the course; explains why this will be an important training for you and the institution.


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  • This is a course for Nigerian scholars to take because of the evident of drought in most part of the north


    Professor in Civil Engg
    Centre for Water Resources
    Anna University, Chennai

    Dear Sir, drought researchers in other parts of the world may also be given a chance to understand the drought situation in Nigeria

    With regards,