Disrupting the status quo: Brigade of youth and young professionals in DRR
Disaster risks are systemic in nature and thus actions towards its reduction and management require trans-disciplinary intervention, ensuring that the whole of society is involved and no one is left behind. Building on the quality of youth and young professionals (YYPs) to think out of the box and disrupt the status quo, the event will present a hypothetical problem statement, derived from the pertinent issues in the countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, focussing on the least developed countries (LDCs).
The problem statement will be devised by a working committee comprising of members coming from organisations mentioned above. Through a fair selection process based on the expression of interests received from YYPs of LDCs in SAARC region, 3 participants from each of such countries countries (15 in all) will be invited to attend the event where they would be put into multi-disciplinary groups and urged to work on solutions for straight 12 hours and then present them. The winning team will receive accolades but the overall solutions presented by all the teams would be documented and presented as “You Inspire“, focussing on the possibility of replicating it in nations with similar issues based on the leanness and agility of the solutions. Thus, not only science, engineering, technology and innovation, but also a lot of policy-level recommendations and suggestions can be expected.
Organizer: Confederation of Risk Reduction Professionals (CRRP)
Partner organization: U-Inspire Alliance (Afghanistan, Nepal), Youth movements in Bangladesh and Bhutan, SAARC Disaster Management Centre (IU), IRDR Centre of Excellence, UNESCO India, Avoidable Deaths Network