“Other crises where local people have taken the lead include the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Nepal earthquakes this year, IFRC Secretary General Elhadj As Sy (IDHA Honoris Causa Recipient) wrote in a foreword to the annual report.”
Local responders are effective not just because they are there when a disaster hits, but because they know how things work and can identify the causes of problems, he added.
“They are uniquely placed to find solutions that reduce underlying risks because of their understanding of local contexts – of weather patterns, of community leaders, of vulnerabilities and of sources of strength,” he wrote.
“That expertise can be harnessed to make communities more resilient to future threats, ” he said.
For more information, view the World Disasters Report 2015 (IFRC).