Community Voices: Hearing live from those living on the frontline of risk (IFRC)

The objective of this session is to create a space to hear about the perspectives of at-risk communities. The session will cover the three themes, namely a) “Voices from the field: working with nature for resilience”; b) “Empowering communities for improved resilience towards epidemics including cholera”; and c) “Roadmap to community resilience – community perspectives”. Through the live connection with communities and in-person presentation, the session will provide GPDRR 2022 participants with an opportunity to hear about the stories and messages from community people living on the frontline of risk and community resilience practitioners in Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, Cameroun, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh, Nigeria and small island states in the Pacific.

This session will take place in Room Mengwi 6+7+8.

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Bios of session facilitators:

1. Raimond Duijsens, Community Resilience Advisor, Netherlands Red Cross

Raimond Duijsens has been working with the Netherlands Red Cross in various positions, relating to policy and strategy development, organizational development, and programme coordination. In all positions focus was on the organization’s international work in the IFRC and with sister Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, predominantly in relation to disaster prevention and resilience.


2. Maya Schaerer, Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Officer, IFRC

Maya Schaerer worked with Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) National Societies and partner organizations to design and implement disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation activities for over 10 years. Among other initiatives, she was involved in the ProVention Consortium while its Secretariat was hosted at the IFRC, and with the Partners for Resilience initiative led by the Netherlands Red Cross, the Climate Centre, Care, Cordaid and Wetlands International. Since 2017, her focus has been on epidemic preparedness, with the implementation of IFRC’s Community Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness Programme (CP3), supporting communities, National Societies and other partners to prevent, detect and respond to disease threats.


3. Durga Rai, Regional DRR Advisor for Asia, British Red Cross

Durga Rai works with British Red Cross as Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Adviser for Asia. She has over 11 years of experience working in humanitarian (natural disasters and public health outbreaks including Ebola and Covid-19 pandemic), DRR and resilience programming. She started her professional career working at grass root level with vulnerable communities for risk reduction projects and progressively over the years took on management and advisory role. Throughout her career she has actively engaged in influencing and building relationships with internal/external stakeholders such as local governments, line Ministries, private sector and research institutes to inform local and global DRR plans and practices. In her current role, she works closely with BRC Asia country teams and regional team to provide technical support to country teams and National Society partners to implement Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate adaptation programmes in support of building resilience of the most vulnerable people affected by disasters and climate risks. Additionally, she works closely with IFRC and the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to promote integrated approaches to resilience building and ensuring measurement of their effectiveness.



26 May 2022
11:45 - 13:00 (Bali UTC+8)


Mengwi 6, 7, 8
BNDCC 2-Ground Floor

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