Its founding members are the Governments of Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros. Its Headquarter is in Maputo, Mozambique, and it has antennas in the other four member countries. Its purpose is to provide Technical Assistance on Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change in Southern Africa and the South-West Indian Ocean. It operates as a non-profit, autonomous, regional organization, international in status and non-political in management, staffing and operations. It focuses on Urban Resilience to respond to the increasing demand of capacity-building in the areas of urban risk reduction and resilience services. It works with Governments, NGOs, the UN, the Academia and the Civil Society.
HOW IS DiMSUR STRUCTURED?
DiMSUR is composed of four organs:
The process of establishment of DiMSUR was facilitated by the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), in cooperation with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), with the support of the European Commission Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the ACP-EU Natural DRR Programme, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank.
The Technical Centre for Disaster Risk Management, Sustainability and Urban Resilience (DiMSUR) is a sub-regional organization aiming at developing local, national and sub-regional capacities for reducing vulnerability and building the resilience of communities to natural and other hazards in the Southern African Region.
Founded by the Governments of Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros, DiMSUR was legally established in December 2014. It’s Headquarter is in Maputo, Mozambique and has antennas in the other three member countries. It operates as a non-profit, autonomous, regional organization, international in status and non- political in management, staffing and operations.
DiMSUR delivers a wide range of services in disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA) and urban resilience including:
Efficient cooperation of the different organs composing DiMSUR will ensure the success of the 10 Years Strategic Plan. Each organ has a fundamental role to play along the cycle of decision making, planning and implementation of activities, to monitoring and evaluation of results.
Organs composing DiMSUR are as follow: