Integration of Teaching and learning, Research & CI
DiMP/RADAR’s fifteen year-long interaction with local and provincial disaster management officials has provided a vehicle for at least three community risk assessments annually. These participatory risk assessments in disadvantaged settlements constitute an integral component of short course or honours module teaching, and result in the co-production of risk-related knowledge that enables developmental action. This is most clearly illustrated by recent student research undertaken in Doringbaai, while the Cape-Winelands Disaster Risk Assessment Training initiative is currently in process.
Integration of Teaching and learning and CI
Departmental community-related short courses both technical and applied, equip authorities and the public with skills to better analyse, understand and improve often difficult social and environmental conditions. The Disasters and Development short course offered by DiMP/RADAR is one example where, for 13 years, the course has been offered to a defined ‘community of practice’, in order to strengthen capacities related to disaster risk management in African contexts.
Integration of Research and CI
Two strong examples of ‘science for society’ CI projects are DiMP/RADAR’s ex post study on the Eden and Central Karoo municipalities 2009-2011; Drought and Humanitarian Trends research across 14 southern African countries, respectively commissioned by the Provincial Disaster Management Centre and the Regional Interagency Standing Committee of the United Nations.
Volunteerism and public service
Departmental staff members are actively involved in a wide range of public service activities that extend from local volunteerism to transnational and global advocacy. For example, DiMP/RADAR’s continuing advocacy for increased engagement of higher education institutions in the advancement of risk averse development has been concretely expressed through the mobilisation of its transnational academic partnerships on a global platform. Similarly, staff members actively engage in policy advocacy to effect transformation of legal frameworks (for instance, DiMP/RADAR engagement in recent amendments to the Disaster Management Act).