Opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming disaster risk management in faith institutions

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming disaster risk management in faith institutions
Creator Masvotore, Peter
Subject Religion; Theology; Sociology; Education challenges; disaster risk management; mainstreaming; opportunities; united theological college; Zimbabwe.
Description The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic had created mayhem world over in the year 2020 and confirmed the need and urgency of equipping religious leaders with disaster risk management (DRM) knowledge and skills. Religious leaders are often expected to be among the first responders when disasters strike. This is especially the case in Africa where faith communities often have greater reach among the populace than the state itself. Using multifaceted methodology and purposive sampling interview analysis, this article shows that the responses of religious leaders in Africa, Zimbabwe in particular, to COVID-19 highlighted the urgency of adopting a more focussed and deliberate approach towards equipping religious leaders with DRM knowledge and skills. It further demonstrates that in some areas religious leaders responded effectively (communicating the right message, impact mitigation activities, etc.), in most other areas, they were as unprepared and in a state of paralysis as the rest of the populace. It would however, be grossly unfair to critique their response since most of them have never been exposed to the basic tenets of DRM, either in their formation or as part of life-long learning.Contribution: The article concludes by suggesting mainstreaming tragedy hazard reducing in the curricula of religious institutions for stoppage, mitigation and actual answer to current and future tragedies within communities.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Not Applicable
Date 2024-05-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Interview; Focus group
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v16i1.1667
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 16, No 1 (2024); 9 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage Zimbabwe Current Period All inclusive on gender; All ages; Black
Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Peter Masvotore https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0