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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released the 2014 edition of its annual World Disasters Report.

This year, the focus is on culture and risk. Some of the issues examined include how religion and belief influence attitudes to risk, culturally sensitive public health issues, and how to put culture at the centre of risk reduction.

As one of the key organisations involved in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the IFRC is aware the people’s beliefs, and how this lead to differing interpretations of risk. More difficult, however, is fitting these into organisational frameworks and funding models. It is easy to assume or hope that the people being supported use the same logic or rationality as the agencies, and that they will want to reduce the risk.

One of the key aims of this edition is to bring these complex issues into the open for discussion so that they can be better incorporated into DRR work.

The IFRC’s World Disaster Report 2014 can be found here.

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