A Critical Disconnect: The Role of SAARC in Building the DRM Capacities of South Asian Countries

Published in 2015 for the Brookings Institution, this paper examines the role of regional organizations in supporting disaster risk management (DRM) across South Asia. The study considers the different elements of the SAARC Disaster Management Centre’s efforts over the last decade in order to assess their impact in supporting the national capacities of member states. It also evaluates the development of DRM national architecture and activities in two case study countries: India and Nepal. The goal of the paper is to get a good sense of where these countries stand with regard to DRM capabilities and to understand what role, if any, regional approaches have had in reinforcing national systems.