Experiences of Africa: Status and Potentials

  • Dewald van Niekerk
  • Everson Ndlovu
  • Paul Chipangura


This chapter reviews the African experiences of disaster risk reduction and involvement of private sector from a variety of perspectives. The private sector has the ability to create risks, reduce risks, but also transfers risk through various mechanisms. On a continent where the private sector is moreover a development partner, this chapter explores the contributions by the private sector to the African risk profile (positive and negative). It considers a number of case studies/examples on how the private sector in Africa has been involved in disaster risk reduction measures from a development perspective. The chapter provides a set of recommendations for future involvement of private sectors in risk reduction.


Disaster risk reduction Private sector involvement Public private partnership 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dewald van Niekerk
    • 1
  • Everson Ndlovu
    • 2
  • Paul Chipangura
    • 2
  1. 1.African Centre for Disaster StudiesNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institute of Development StudiesNational University of Science and TechnologyBulawayoZimbabwe

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