Disability and Disasters: Empowering people and building resilience to risk

University of Sydney, in collaboration with partners in Australia and Southeast Asia, received funding to strengthen the voices of people with disabilities in the region who are disproportionately affected by climate-related disasters, and often overlooked in traditional disaster risk reduction efforts. Taking a multi-action approach, the team supported the generation of knowledge, risk awareness and skills needed to help people with disabilities to gain institutional and social support needed to effectively prepare for hazards and disasters. Through coordinated advocacy, they also worked to empower people with disabilities to influence governmental resilience strategies and become champions of resilience in their communities. Click here to download the solution statement.

Facts about the Challenge project


South and Southeast Asia





Team lead

Dr. Emma Calgaro, Natural Hazards Research GroupUniversity of Sydney, Australia

Lead organization

University of Sydney, Australia.

Local partners

KPC Consultant Co. Ltd

Inclusive Development and Empowerment Agenda (IDEA)

Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO)

International partners

Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO)

Stockholm Environment Institute Asia Centre

Monash University

Craigs Consultants International (CCI)