Strengthening peace, security and disaster risk management

Project description

Project title: Sector Project Peace and Security; Disaster Risk Management
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Lead executing agency: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Overall term: 2020 to 2023


Around two thirds of the countries the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) cooperates with are affected by fragility and violent conflicts. Both factors are increasingly jeopardising national and international development efforts. Extreme natural events as well as biological, technological and human-made hazards also pose a growing challenge. Conflicts, climate-related extreme weather events, violence and fragility are thus leading to increased displacement, poverty and inequality.

In view of this, key development policy issues include the development and implementation of effective approaches to cooperation with fragile countries, promotion of peace building and dealing with the impacts of extreme climate and weather events and other risks.


German development policy approaches regarding peace, security and disaster risk management are successfully applied.


The project primarily advises the BMZ Peace and Security, Disaster Risk Management Division. This includes the development of new cause-based and prevention-oriented strategies and methods to address issues such as fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), displacement and migration, comprehensive risk management, climate change in the context of security as well as health risks. The project team prepares relevant technical and advisory assistance and consults on implementation.

Development cooperation with and in fragile countries aims to promote peace building aligned with conflict-sensitive approaches and the concept of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus. HDP envisages greater cooperation and coordination among humanitarian, development and peace building actors. The project works with relevant regional authorities to achieve this objective. It draws up country analyses and recommendations and holds events on project topics and the work in fragile states. Through close cooperation with implementing organisations, the project incorporates innovative locally developed project approaches into its advisory services. 

Working together with BMZ, the project develops proposals to position Germany’s development policy approaches and positive experience in crisis and disaster contexts more prominently at the international level. Important international cooperation partners in this process include the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In addition, the project team plays an integral role in supporting BMZ’s cooperation with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Last updated: November 2020

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