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Natural Disaster Risk Management Program

The Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP) offers an educational model for practitioners who are looking at building their career and/or improving their skills in disaster risk management (DRM). It consists of an introductory course plus a selection of nine (9) specialized online courses.

The training delivery methodology was formulated by educational experts and offers the flexibility for the participants to study at their own pace without compromising the quality of learning. Participants can accomplish assignments, check their progress, gain access to subject matter experts, and share experiences with their co-participants all under close support from the course support team (CST).

The training courses of the NDRMP have been offered since 2006 and have produced about 1500 graduates from 71 countries.

NDRMP Alumni



Why enroll?

  • Build the competence of your institution and open opportunities in one of the fastest-growing professional fields
  • Choose from four (4) competency track that suit your need and earn a DRM Competency Certification
  • Gain access to ten (10) state-of-the-art courses structured to comprehensively cover the urban resilience field
  • Acquire “real world“ knowledge and skills for sound professional advancement
  • Be part of an active global network of motivated disaster risk management (DRM) professionals
  • Be inspired by renowned experts and educators
  • Benefit from personalized, expertly facilitated, and customized learning not found in most massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • Access over the internet from wherever you are and whenever you want
  • Obtain a GFDRR-EMI Certificate and Earned Continuous Education Units (CEUs)


NDRMP Course Packages

Courses are bundled into four (4) packages. For every package, there are two (2) tracks. Under the competency track, there are two (2) required or basic [package A] and three (3) suggested or advanced [package B] courses. Under the specialization track, there are five (5) optional courses one can choose from. The competency track can be finished within one year. Students who complete the one-year competency track will receive a DRM competency certificate. Learn more about the packages offered.


Mode of Training

Training is done online. Discussions between and among the Course Support Team (CST) and the students are done online using a moodle platform.



FACE TO FACEFace-to-Face

Training is done offline. Discussions between and among the Course Support Team (CST) and the students are done face-to-face.




Training is done both online and offline. There are sessions allotted for face-to-face consultations with the Subject Matter Expert (SME).


Courses offered under NDRMP

Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (CDRMF)

This course addresses basic questions such as “why are disasters a development issue?” and “what are the components of comprehensive disaster risk management?” The course reviews the institutional arrangements and financing mechanisms of disaster management systems, and identifies the role of national and local actors in the processes related to risk assessment, mitigation and financing. This course targets general development practitioners to raise their awareness and sensitivity in prevention of natural disasters.


Community-based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)

A course, for community leaders and NGOs, focusing on prevention, mitigation, and the need for the participation of local actors in designing, developing, implementing, and monitoring activities related to disaster risk reduction.


Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR)

An introduction to the science of climate change, including its effect on natural hazards. This course reviews the trends in magnitude and frequency of climatic extremes, and the changes in average climatic conditions. It likewise explores the linkage between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and outlines strategies, methods, and tools for integrated climate risk management.


Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA)

This course enhances the participants understanding of the social, economic and environmental effects of natural disasters, and enables them to assess these effects. The course is based on the UN ECLAC methodology andpresents instruments for quantifying direct damages, indirect losses, and the overall macroeconomic effects of catastrophic events. The target audience includes the staff of government agencies, both central and local, and representatives of international aid agencies.


Earthquake Risk Reduction (ERR)

This course links the science and engineering of earthquakes to structural and non-structural risk reduction practices. The course introduces the basic approaches to earthquake risk reduction, discussing the effectiveness of each in various regions of the world. The course targets government officials, particularly from public works agencies and planning organizations, as well as design professionals and utility operators, in order to improve the planning and development of build environment and infrastructure.


Financial Strategies for Managing the Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters (FINSTRAT)

The course offers financing strategies for risk management. The course focuses on financial, economic and development impacts of disasters, and trade-offs (costs and benefits) involved in disaster risk financing. The course provides policy makers and disaster managers with tools and institutional designs for improved planning and budgeting processes, and national macroeconomic projections. This specialization course targets officials from finance ministries, planning organizations, and public works agencies.


Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation (GENDER)

This course aims to contribute to improving knowledge of relevant policies, regulations and tools for implementing gender sensitive disaster management practices focusing on disaster recovery and reconstruction.


Risk Analysis (RA)

This course demonstrates how risk analysis is applied to formulate disaster risk reduction policies. It introduces tools and models used to assess disaster impact, both direct and indirect, and methods to quantify it for earthquakes and floods.


Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP)

The Land Use Planning course is a specialization course developed for professionals involved in design and maintenance of public infrastructure, critical facilities, and lifelines. The main target audience for the course is land use planners, zoning officers, building and housing officials, and housing officers.


Safe Cities (SC)

A course for urban managers and planners reviews the processes, regulations, enforcement issues, and methods of reducing exposure to hazards and limiting the physical vulnerability of high-density settlements.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Admission Requirements

Registration (for individual enrollees)

Online registration only. Please visit this link and fill out the application at:


Course Fee

US $250.00 (exclusive of bank charges and fees)

Discounts for course packages and group enrollment are also available to encourage institutional learning. For inquiries, please contact us at

See NDRMP Online Course Payment Procedure 

NDRMP Policies


All teaching and reference materials are in English. Participants must be fully conversant in English.

Expected Learning Effort

10 hours per week (1.67 to 2.5 Estimated CEU’s earned)

*CEU: Continuous Education Unit

Equal Opportunity

EMI believes in equal access to knowledge for everyone.

Applicants who cannot afford the fee will not be rejected. See our Scholarships and Fellowships program.



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