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  • Limited experience of DRR in complex humanitarian emergencies that occur in urban, conflict-prone areas with non-state actors
  • No guidelines for designing and implementing DRR projects in such contexts
  • Little capacity to adequately manage disasters in Gaza


The aim of this project is to create a viable model for designing and implementing DRR projects in complex humanitarian emergencies that occur in urban, conflict-prone areas with non-state actors. Plus enhancing DRR learning and practice to reflect different contexts.


  • Reduce disaster risk at the point where three major variables intersect: urban-settings, conflict-prone areas, and non-state actors
  • Develop, implement and diffuse a “How-To-Guide on DRR Programming in Urban, Conflict-Prone Areas with Non-State Actors”
  • Hazard mapping, vulnerability and capacity assessments (VCA), disaster risk reduction planning, and implementation of DRR initiatives in Gaza

Project Research

Case Study Disaster Risk Reduction, Innovation Management, More than Just Luck

Gaza risk reduction and mitigation


Consolidated Lessons Learned: Gaza Risk Reduction and Mitigation

Report Disaster Risk Reduction

Final Evaluation Report: Gaza Risk Reduction and Mitigation

Report Disaster Risk Reduction

Final Report: Gaza Risk Reduction and Mitigation

Report Disaster Risk Reduction

Recommendations for Disaster Risk Assessment Approaches: Gaza Risk Reduction and Mitigation

Latest Updates

Get the Local Community’s Consensus!

07 Feb 2013

During the final stages of implementation of the small DRR projects, it was very important to inform the key local stakeholders (KLS) about the planned activities and outcomes, even if they were not involved in every stage of the project.


Consider their differences!

10 Jan 2013

Urban participants in the Gaza Strip have differences related to their unique living situation in urban conflict prone areas; differences in the prioritization of hazards, education levels, and in communities’ cultures.


Give a Hand!

18 Jul 2012

A trainer of the vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) training that was conducted in May 2012 assists the participants in indentifying of their hazards, capacities, needs, and vulnerabilities.


Verifying Information – Friend or Foe?

03 Apr 2012

Verification of information in conflict-prone urban areas can be a real challenge.


CRS and Palestine Red Crescent Society sign GRRAM Partnership Agreement

22 Feb 2012

In late January 2012, Catholic Relief Services and the Palestine Red Crescent Society signed a partnership agreement for GRRAM.


Reflections on Integral Human Development and Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop

08 Nov 2011

As part of the GRRAM project start-up, CRS conducted a three-day workshop exploring disaster risk reduction theory and how it is applicable to Gaza and how it serves as the foundation for GRRAM.


Catholic Relief Services on receiving a HIF grant

13 Jul 2011

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is deeply honored to be provided a grant by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) to carry out and document a pilot project of how to do disaster risk reduction (DRR) in urban environments related to man-made disasters in very a complex political environment.


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