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WP11 - Valorisation and Exploitation

WP11 aimed to ensure that ANDROID has a sustained impact on the target groups and achieves it intended outcomes. It has helped to ensure that the network’s output is put to good use, and brings with it, additional financial and other rewards. In line with the network’s scope – to enhance societal resilience to disasters – it was exploiting the network to meet national economic and public service objectives. Members of the network’s partner institutions have been identified as the short term target group of ANDROID, but other groups include: undergraduate and postgraduate students, teaching and administrative staff, researchers, HE and public sector organisations, consultancies, public administrators, policy makers and industry, and the public at large. A stakeholder board was appointed to assist the network in realising this aim. The Board included four experts that represent different stakeholder groups pertaining to disaster resilience education and practice. The Board was assigned to review emerging outputs and assist in the organisation of impact events. This multi-stakeholder board created by the network, represented a privileged channel for network valorisation. 

Third country participation was integral to the valorisation and exploitation plan that has been developed. There were a range of activities carried out by third country partners, in particular in Australia and Sri Lanka, as detailed under Dissemination work package (WP9). These activities helped to ensure that ANDROID has a sustained impact on the target groups and achieved it intended outcomes. In addition, RMIT, ANDROID’s Australian partner, has already submitted a research proposal incorporating some of the dimensions of ANDROID. Representatives of the ANDROID network also joined a meeting of global HEI networks that took place alongside the World Disasters Conference in Sendai, Japan in March 2015. This forum was designed to identify ways that link regional networks, such as those in Europe (ANDROID), Africa (PeriPeri-U), Asia and the South Pacific. This form of activity helps the network to develop links with other global networks, and explore opportunities to continue by seeking further funding with agencies outside of the EU.

There have been several project exploitation activities with the aim to further exploit ANDROID findings with different audiences. An event was held at University of Naples, Italy, where Professors Richard Haigh and Dilanthi Amaratunga discussed key points of ANDROID with the aim of incorporating them in a future proposal.  There also have been meetings in Brussels with the EC with a view to incorporate ANDROID findings in future call for proposals, including the COST scheme, Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.

Representing ANDROID, Global Disaster Resilience Centre Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh have been invited to be part of the Preparatory Committee (Prep Com) second session discussions leading up to the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Geneva Switzerland in November 2014. The United Nations General Assembly has set the stage for a new global agreement on reducing the impact of disasters by confirming that the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that will take place in Sendai City, Japan in March 2015. The main item on the Conference agenda is agreement on and adoption of a successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which was adopted at the last such Conference in 2005 within weeks of the Indian Ocean tsunami and which was attended by representatives from 168 UN Member States.  It is also aimed at identifying modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction; and to determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. Over 8,000 people are expected to attend the 2015 event including heads of State, government ministers, parliamentarians, academics, NGO and other civil society representatives. The General Assembly resolution 68/211 of 2013 established an Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee to review organisational and substantive preparations for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

At the Prep Com, there were considerations on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction Zero draft submitted by the Co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee. Discussions also included: Priorities for action (Understanding disaster risk; Strengthening governance and institutions to manage disaster risk; Investing in economic, social, cultural, and environmental resilience; Enhancing preparedness for effective response, and building back better in recovery and reconstruction; Role of stakeholders; and International cooperation and global partnership). This provided an ideal opportunity for Richard and Dilanthi to provide valuable input towards this high level activity by incorporating the ANDROID roadmap findings into the Prep Com process, thereby contributing to the HFA successor that will be adopted in 2015.

The ANDROID team was invited to discuss its findings at a discussion forum held at the London South Bank University and accordingly, input was provided based on ANDROID outputs and outcomes.

Further, steps have been taken in taking forward some of the ANDROID findings to the future, by means of using its outputs and outcomes as input to several research proposals. 

WP11 activities

  • Ensure ANDROID has a sustained impact on the target groups and achieves it intended outcomes.
  • Preparation of valorisation and sustainability plan
  • Conduct and promote project exploitation activities
  • Appointment of stakeholder board including preparation of terms of reference for the stakeholder board
  • Organise stakeholder seminars

WP11 deliverables 

Meetings and events websites

  • Stakeholder Seminar 1 at the International Conference on Building Resilience 2013, 17th September 2013, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

Consultation with Local Governments towards Post 2015 Framework for DRR (HFA2)

Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. The UN General Assembly endorsed the HFA later that year in 2005. The HFA responds to the need for a comprehensive, integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to identify and implement disaster risk reduction measures.

In December 2012, the UN General Assembly decided to convene the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in early 2015 to review the implementation of the HFA over its 10-year term and develop a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (referred to as Hyogo Framework for Action 2 or HFA2). The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) was requested to serve as the secretariat of the Third World Conference, to facilitate the development of an HFA2, and to coordinate the preparatory activities in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

The 2009-2011 mid-term review of progress against the HFA reflected substantial reduction in mortality due to natural disasters. However, the Report also highlighted weak capacity in many local governments. Even where countries have developed policies and institutional systems for disaster risk reduction, they are challenged to address risk accumulation on the ground. This consequently challenges governments’ ability to accurately account for disaster risk in investment and development decisions.

Hence, it is envisaged that the engagement and feedback of local governments is critical for the effective implementation of risk reduction now and even more in the years to come.

The first phase of the consultations from March 2012 to May 2013 focused on broad substantive issues for the new framework of disaster risk reduction.

For more details please refer the

  • Stakeholder Seminar 2 at the 10th International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction (I3R2), 21st May 2014, Purdue University, USA

Disaster Resilience Education

The above seminar was led by Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga, PhD, Professor and Associate Head of School (International) and Head, Centre for Disaster Resilience and Prod. Richard P. Haigh, PhD, Professor and Acting Associate Head of School (Research and Innovation), both of the School of the Built Environment, University of Salford.

This panel discussion on disaster resilience education stimulated debate around the challenges for higher education if it is to help society address the threat posed by increasing levels of disaster risk. The panel discussion outcomes fed into the work of ANDROID (Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development), an academic network funded by the European Union to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide. A major output of the first ANDROID workplan, due for completion in 2015, is the development of a roadmap for education in developing societal resilience to disasters. The roadmap collated the major findings that arised from the network’s survey and analysis projects in order to set an agenda for educational policy in the field. This report is not about predicting the future. Instead, its starting point will be simply to consider some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for education in the twenty-first century in helping society address the threat posed by hazards of natural and human origin. The report considers society’s requirements in terms of skills and scientific advances. It also considers the existing capacity of higher education institutes to meet these requirements. Finally, the report considers what needs to happen in education policy to help address this key European and global challenge

For more details please refer the relevent page of the conference proceedings 

  • Stakeholder Seminar 3 at the 4th International Conference on Building Resilience incorporating 3rd annual conference of the ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network, Salford, UK, 8-9 September, 2014

UNISDR Steering Committee Meeting and AGMA Signing Ceremony

The final stakeholder seminar was held in Salford Quays, UK and was organised to coincide with the 3rd annual ANDROID conference, which had been incorporated within the 4th International conference in Building Resilience. This allowed the ANDROID project an excellent opportunity to disseminate the learning and best practice of the project to a wider, relevant audience. The seminar combined 2 major events such as UNISDR Steering committee meeting and Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) signing ceremony.




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