DiMSUR focuses on urban resilience and provides technical assistance on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Southern Africa and the South-West Indian Ocean. DiMSUR is a non-profit, autonomous, regional organization which is international in status and non-political in management, staffing and operations. The Center works with Governments, NGOs, the United Nations, academia and civil society.
The founding members are the Governments of Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros. DiMSUR’s headquarter is located in Maputo, Mozambique, and it has a presence in the other member countries as well.
DiMSUR is composed of four organs:
The establishment of DiMSUR is facilitated by 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.
DiMSUR is a sub-regional organization aimed at developing local, national and sub-regional capacities for reducing vulnerability and building the resilience of communities to natural and other hazards in Southern Africa. Membership is open to other African Countries.
DiMSUR was legally established in December 2014 by the Governments of Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of Comoros. The headquarters is located in Maputo, Mozambique, with a presence in the other three member countries as well. It operates as a non-profit, autonomous, regional organization, international in status and non- political in management, staffing and operations.
DiMSUR delivers a 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 follows:
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms will be undertaken on an annual basis. Each strategic priority refers to indicators to assess the actions carried out by DiMSUR. The Secretariat collects data on each indicator and presents annual monitoring reports to the Executive Board with a view to inform members about achievements and challenges faced during the implementation of the Strategic Plan. The evaluation of the Strategic Plan take place twice: first after five years and then upon reaching the 10-year implementation period. It will compare the achievements with the goals of the Strategic Plan. The Executive Board will review lessons learned and redefine strategic priorities to expand the impact of DiMSUR.
DiMSUR promotes partnerships among stakeholders, cities, towns, centres, institutions and organizations within and across countries. It involves local authorities, municipal associations, government and academic institutions, professional groups, technical centers and think tanks at different levels to promote city-to-city and national-to-local exchanges and cooperation. DiMSUR organizes national and regional events to encourage the exchange of good practices, skills and knowledge.
DiMSUR has benefited from financial support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and the ACP-EU Natural DRR Programme, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank.
Several other organizations are directly involved with DiMSUR through their membership to the Executive Board. Other partners of DiMSUR are: the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Regional Inter-Agency Standing Committee (RIASCO), COOPI (Cooperazione Internazionale) and the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique).