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In this section the user may access definitions for terms often employed by the authors of documents included in the Sourcebook.

Developing consensus about terminology across regions, cultures, world views, disciplines, organizational boundaries, and politics is not necessary, likely or perhaps even possible. This is one approach among others.

To simplify the Sourcebook we have utilized abbreviations for frequently cited organizations. Below you will find the full name for those with which you are not yet familiar.



Terminology: Basic Terms of Disaster Risk Reduction, appended to Living With Risk: A Global Review of Disaster Reduction Initiatives, ISDR 2002:

Sphere Project Training Materials, Module 4 (Disaster Preparedness), Session 1, Basic Concepts:


INSTRAW (United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women) Glossary of Gender-related Terms and Concepts:



ADPC- Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
AIDMI - All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute (formerly DMI)
CIET - Tropical Disease Research Center
CRID - Regional Disaster Information Center
DURYOG NIVARAN - Disaster Mitigation
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
FSSW- Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work
GDN - Gender and Disaster Network
GROOTS - Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood
- International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Society
ITDG - Intermediate Technology and Development Group
NGO - Non-Governmental Organization
SEEDS - Sustainable Economic and Educational Development Society
SSP - Swayam Shikshan Prayog
SEWA - Self Employed Women’s Association
WEDO - Women’s Environment and Development Organization


CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency
CSD - Commission on Sustainable Development
DHA - Department of Humanitarian Affairs
ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America
ECOSOC- United Nations Economic and Social Council
ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
FAO - Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
HABITAT - United Nations Centre for Human Settlements
IASC - Inter-Agency Standing Committee [UN]
ILO - International Labour Organisation
ISDR - International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
OFDA - Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance [US AID]
PAHO - Pan American Health Organization
UN DAW - United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women
UNDP - United Nations Development Program
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
UNHCR - Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund
UNIFEM- United Nations Development Fund for Women
USAID - United States Agency for International Development
WFP - World Food Programme
WSSD - World Summit for Social Development
WTO - World Trade Organization