Welcome to RADAR
The ‘Research Alliance for Disasters and Risk Reduction’ (RADAR) is a research centre based at Stellenbosch University South Africa which is committed to advancing capacity building in the disaster risk field through academic programmes and short courses, as well as conducting research and enhancing knowledge concerning hazards, vulnerabilities and risks within the western cape region, South Africa and the African continent at large.
RADAR also acts as the secretariat and project manager for the Periperi U (Partners Enhancing Resilience for People Exposed to Risks) consortium, a partnership of research units and departments from 12 African universities which focus on advancing research and capacity building in risk and vulnerability reduction action on the continent.
“REaL” Innovation in DRR : Insights on risk education and learning from Africa
Presentation by Periperi U director Dr Ailsa Holoway discussing the surge in higher education-based DRR capacity building in Africa – the result of a systematic approach that deliberately combines transboundary learning opportunities and capacity-building strategies by each of the twelve higher education institution partners of the consortium. She underlines the value of harnessing the continent’s higher education institutions in advancing disaster risk reduction by drawing on accomplishments of the Periperi U consortium in strengthening human capacity in the disaster risk domain. Click on the image to watch the presentation.
Periperi U is a partnership of African universities that spans across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include twelve universities across the continent. RADAR, based at Stellenbosch University acts as the secretariat of this consortium. More information on Periperi U can be found on the website www.riskreductionafrica.org
Recent Research & Publications
Between 2003 and 2014, South Africa’s Western Cape Province sustained costly flood losses in 12 disasters triggered by cut-off low (COL) pressure systems. In cooperation with the Western Cape’s Disaster Management Centre, RADAR completed a two-step study, including a detailed, ‘end-to- end’ analysis of the COL-associated disasters from 2011- 2014, as well as a cumulative study of all COL-related disasters reported from 2003- 14.
COMMUNITY RISK ASSESSMENT: FOCUS ON INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS 23 - 27October 2017
The course focuses on strengthening community-based risk assessment capabilities in disaster-prone informal settlements. The course gives priority to assessing household and community risks using a range of participatory methods as well as other quantitative and spatial risk-related data. It is useful and relevant to disaster management practitioners working in at-risk communities, local councillors / political leaders. However, the course is equally important for development practitioners, as well as those concerned with capacity-building, poverty reduction or sustainable development.