Taking Children's Voices in Disaster Risk Reduction a Step Forward

Chipo Mudavanhu, Siambalala Benard Manyena, Andrew Collins, Paradzayi Bongo, Emmanuel Mavhura, Desmond Manatsa

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Abstract

Disaster risk reduction (DRR) continues to gain momentum globally and locally, but there is a notable void in the DRR literature on the role of children in community-level disaster risk management in Zimbabwe. Children are among the most vulnerable groups when disasters occur, yet their voices in disaster risk reduction are rarely heard. Using a qualitative methodology, this article examines the extent to which children are involved in disaster risk reduction in Muzarabani District, Zimbabwe. Despite evidence of the potential positive impact that children can have on DRR, their involvement in risk reduction planning in Zimbabwe is negligible. To achieve greater resilience to disasters requires that children's voices are heard and recognized as central to improved disaster risk reduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-281
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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