Views from the Frontline

VFL is a ground-breaking participatory monitoring programme designed to strengthen public accountability for DRR policy execution by providing the first independent global review of progress towards the implementation of disaster risk reduction at the local level.

VFL gathers a broad cross-section of perspectives from communities, local authorities and civil society organisations who are most affected by disasters.

The biennial programme recognises the value of a consolidated civil society voice across different regions and draws attention to DRR challenges seen by local stakeholders as critical to strengthening community resilience.

vlf2013_reportimage  VFL 2013: Beyond 2015 – was designed to better understand how at-risk people and local actors can support local change processes addressing differential vulnerabilities and strengthening community resilience. It draws lessons from the approaches local households adopt when faced with multiple hazards in the context of poverty, uncertainty, informality and fragility.

VFL 2013 draws together different sources of information including surveys in 57 countries, online and regional consultations and a major global conference of GNDR members held at the Hague, the Netherlands in March 2013.

 vlf2011_reportimage  VFL 2011 – “If we do not join hands...”focused on the critical role of local risk governance – the importance of state and non-state actors working together to ensure the safety and well-being of their communities.

The 2011 survey found very limited progress across a range of local risk governance indicators: lack of political authority; inadequate capacities and financial resources; and minimal support from central government were all identified as significant barriers to implementation of policies and plans at local level.

 vlf2009_reportimage VFL 2009 – “Clouds but little rain...” was undertaken in 48 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. It provided substantial evidence that progress in establishing national DRR policies and legislation had not generated widespread changes in local practices. 

Most progress was seen in countries where capable, accountable and responsive local governments worked collaboratively with civil society and at-risk communities.