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The Crisis and Disaster Resilience Alliance (CaDRA) is a Rescue Global initiative which fosters holistic resilience and builds capacity by uniting and empowering dynamic organisations who work in and around any of the phases of Disaster Risk Reduction and Response (DRR&R).

The Crisis and Disaster Resilience Alliance (CaDRA) leverages the meeting point of diverse sectors and facilitates opportunities for collaboration and increased efficiencies.

Members of CaDRA are drawn from five sectors:

  1. Governments and Official Agencies
  2. The Private Sector
  3. Non-Governmental Organisations and charities (NGOs)
  4. Academia and research organisations
  5. Militaries

Members of CaDRA believe that local, national and regional actors require the capacity to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters with the aim of limiting the need for international interventions on large scale.

CaDRA members are encouraged to work through all the phases within DRR&R, aligned with a nation’s strategic intent and need.

Where international resources are utilised, the structure of CaDRA ensures that only organisations catering to the direct requirements of the situation are called upon, minimising the demands on local infrastructure and ensuring that the right kind of assistance is delivered. By having these kinds of systems in place, we aim to help societies prepare for and manage events.

Typically, members commit to providing a pre-agreed resource in the event of a hazard impact, such as a hurricane, earthquake or major contamination event. This pre-determined attendance allows the mechanisms of disaster response to run more smoothly and quickly, reducing the amount of time it takes to reach the most urgent situations and limiting any prolonged damage that the affected communities sustain.


What is CaDRA?

CaDRA stands for Crisis and Disaster Resilience Alliance. It is not an organisation in itself. It represents an international initiative operated by Rescue Global, comprising a network of organisations governed by a small secretariat. All work together to increase nations’ resilience to the impacts of disasters, with the consent and support of the national government, usually through their National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

What is resilience?

The term resilience is derived from ecology and refers to the capacity of a system to absorb the effects of disturbances whilst continuing to maintain its vital functions. In more recent usage it has been applied to the ability of societies to deal with the effects of hazards such as earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes and industrial catastrophes.

How does CaDRA promote resilience?

By undertaking work within all stages of the disaster cycle (Preparedness, Response and Recovery) CaDRA member organisations facilitate a shift away from the traditional focus on the Response element. Member organisations undertake joint planning, training and exercises as well as cooperating in the aftermath of an event, promoting a more systematic and integrated culture of DRR&R.

What is CaDRA’s overall mission?

CaDRA takes a long-term view of building resilience, acknowledging that hazard events will continue to happen and that whether or not these events become ‘disasters’ depends on how well-equipped the society is to manage them. By taking time to build up strong relationships and pathways for action, CaDRA members’ on-going mission is to raise the threshold beyond which international assistance is required.

Is CaDRA aligned with the host nation’s government?

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/182 says the following about sovereignty: “Sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity of States shall be fully respected in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. In this context, humanitarian assistance should be provided with the consent of the affected country and, in principle, on the basis of a request by the affected country”.

CaDRA respects the sovereignty of nation states and acts on the conviction that raising local capacity and utilising in-country resources should be a primary objective. The flat structure of CaDRA means that governmental agencies (NDMAs) represent one of five overlapping sectors of equal importance. Impartiality is vital and CaDRA only works with organisations that adhere to our standards and values.

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