Disaster risk management and emergency response

Reinforcing Innovative Mechanism for Arising Capacities in Disaster Risk Reduction in Rímac (Perú)

09/29/2018 - 03/15/2020


Lugar de intervención:


Cooperazione Internazionale (framework USAID/OFDA).

Aliados estratégicos

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), District Municipality of Rímac, Kipu Llaxta Psycho Inclusive Association, Rímac 21 Firefighters Company, SOS Emergencias Peru and first response institutions of the Rímac Civil Defense Platform.

Objetivo del proyecto

Reduce disaster risk in the Rímac district, increasing coordination between stakeholders and institutionalizing good practices for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

Grupo de impacto

Inhabitants of the most vulnerable neighborhoods of the Rímac district.

Fortalecimiento de la sociedad civil

Institutionalization of the community brigades in the Rímac district. The local government did not have approved guidelines that recognized trained neighbors to provide support in the first response to an emergency. The brigade has become a space for citizens to participate and strengthen their skills with a view to replicating their knowledge to more vulnerable people in the district.

Modelos efectivos

The training of community brigade members was comprehensive, since it incorporated an inclusive approach on the basic principles of care for people with disabilities, as well as the physical and social barriers that must be broken when dealing with an emergency.


  • The call to achieve participation in urban areas is increasingly difficult, considering, above all, the limited time available. In the most peripheral neighborhoods, poor accessibility, and long commuting work against people to dedicate time to their community. In that sense, a door-to-door call had to be adopted, which involved more effort and time, even at night. Likewise, it is important to adopt security measures: one could consider providing field promoters with vaccines such as rabies, against tetanus or having an emergency fund in case of theft.
  • People no longer attend assemblies and there is less interest, particularly from young people, in assuming traditional community leadership roles such as neighborhood councils, irrigation committees, etc. It has been seen that, for the most part, those who have adult children who do not require care participate. There is a challenge to achieve a more diverse brigade in generational terms and to capture youth interest. For example, first aid trainings could be offered as an asset for their resume.
  • The local government that took office in 2019 did not belong to the same team with whom the project was originally designed. This produced some annoyance among the new officials. Furthermore, they lacked experience in public management and were not familiar with the logic of inter-institutional work with NGOs and international cooperation organizations. It was possible to locate officials belonging to the middle command level who supported the project; however, the disinterest of the district mayor, whose leadership was personalistic, was notorious.

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