Republic of Madagascar
Republic of Malawi
Republic of Mozambique
Union of Comoros

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’s delivers a range of services in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and urban resilience including :

  • Capacity building activities;
  • Provision of qualified technical assistance;
  • Raise of awareness & advocacy;
  • Compilation, preparation, sharing and dissemination tools,
    best practices, plans and strategies
  • Exchange of experiences among countries;
Photo: DiMSUR’s founding team

First DiMSUR concept note​

  • 2008

In April, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and The Union of the Comoros endorsed the establishment of DiMSUR


Steering Group establishment

  • 2011

Feasibility Study

  • 2012

The study was conducted to identify challenges at the sub-regional and country levels. It concluded that there was an advantage in establishing a permanent sub-regional institution to provide technical support to African countries.


Successful proposal

  • 2013

DiMSUR team submitted full proposal for establishment of DiMSUR with endorsement of the member countries to the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Programme

DiMSUR launching and pilot CityRAP Tool training

  • 2013

On June 3rd., DiMSUR was officially launched in Maputo by high-level representatives of Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Union of the Comoros. A pilot CityRAP Tool training workshop was delivered with the EU.


1st Executive Board meeting

  • 2014

Held in Abuja, Nigeria on May 12th. DiMSUR Biannual Action Plan drafted with three priority areas for DiMSUR:

  1. Service-provider on disaster risk reduction and management, climate change adaptation and urban resilience;
  2. Tailored capacity building delivery;
  3. Partnerships with technical and research institutions.

2nd. Executive Board Meeting

  • 2014

Held in Lilongwe, Malawi on December 2nd and 3rd.

  • Signature of DiMSUR's Memorandum of Understanding and Charter;
  • Discussion of the 10-year Strategic Plan and DiMSUR staffing process.

3rd. Executive Board Meeting

  • 2015

Held in Maputo, Mozambique.

  1. The 10-year Strategic Plan was adopted.
  2. The Urban Resilience Training module was developed and delivered.

4th Executive Board Meeting

  • 2016

Held during the 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform, and the 5th High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction in Mauritius.


Headquarters in Maputo

  • 2017

The Host Country Agreement endorsed by Mozambique Cabinet during its first meeting in 2017; the headquarters is established in Maputo.

5th  Executive Board Meeting

  • 2018

Held in Maputo, Mozambique, on 18-19th July.

Discussion about the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between SADC and DiMSUR, facilitated by UN-Habitat.


6th  Executive Board Meeting

  • 2020

Held virtually on 24th of July 2020 as a part of the launch event of the project “Building Urban Climate Resilience in South-Eastern Africa”; a sub-regional project funded by Adaptation Fund to be implemented under the umbrella of DiMSUR in the four countries (2020-2024).

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:  

  • The Conference of Ministers, formed by Ministers of the member states*;
  • The Executive Board, composed of national directors from each member state*, a representative from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) , a representative from UN-Habitat as main facilitator of DiMSUR, and representatives from civil society and academia.
  • The Consultative Group, under establishment. Will consist of urban resilience stakeholders from member states and Southern Africa as well as internationally experts* and representatives* of international organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs and others.
  • DiMSUR’s Secretariat consists of the Executive Director of DiMSUR and one national focal point per member state. Currently, the secretariat ad interim is represented by UN-Habitat.
* All the representatives indicated are those specifically related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Urban Resilience units. Some of out governance institutions are:
National Institute of Disaster Management (Madagascar)
National Institute of Disaster Management (Mozambique)
North-West University
(South Africa)
Oxfam International
University of Antananarivo

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. A brief list of our partners is:


ACP; African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
ECHO; EU Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection.
Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
The World Bank
Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
UEM (Mozambique)

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)  facilitated the creation of DiMSUR in cooperation with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is acting as the secretariat ad-interim of DiMSUR since the launch in 2013. 

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)  facilitated the creation of DiMSUR in cooperation with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is acting as the secretariat ad-interim of DiMSUR since the launch in 2013. 

Headquarter in Maputo and Sub-Units of Member States
Rua Macombe Macossa,
n. 151- Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: +258 21492579
Fax: +258 21490666
secretariat@dimsur.org |www.dimsur.org