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Children as agents of change for disaster risk reduction – Lessons from El Salvador and the Philippines

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IDS, Institute of Development Studies,Plan International

This paper examines how children’s voices are represented and heard in disaster risk reduction policy and decision-making spaces, and by assessing the level of capacity children have for preventing disasters vis-à-vis their parents. This challenge and the research presented here are prompted by the anecdotal field reports provided by child-focused development agencies, which suggest that children in developing countries are making significant contributions to minimising disaster risks.

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