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The  African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) aims to address complex disaster risk and resilience building challenges in the African context, and internationally. Addressing these challenges requires an all-systems approach.
The ACDS focusses on research, training and education and community outreach in disaster risk reduction through a multi-disciplinary approach. Since 2002 the Centre has embarked on various research, training and consultancy projects at local, provincial, national as well as international level. 


What we offer
The ACDS offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Risk Management, Masters in Environmental Sciences with Disaster Risk Science and the Doctor of Philosophy Disaster Risk Science.  
Aside from the qualifications that the ACDS offer as part of the School for Geo and Special Sciences, the centre offers accredited short courses  in disaster risk management, including Basic and Advanced Training in Disaster Risk Reduction, Disaster Risk Assessments and Planning and Incident Command System at basic, intermediate and advanced levels. The ACDS also offer professional consultancy services that have included: the development of disaster management plans, prevention and preparedness plans, sustainable livelihoods and disaster risk assessments, evaluation of institutional capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction, evaluation of drought relief programs, analysis of vulnerability within the SADC Region. development of curriculum and materials for DRR training and education.


What we do

The ACDS has a wide network including stakeholders in Southern African Region, the African Continent and Internationally.  In its capacity ACDS has been directly involved with drafting and review of directly involved in the drafting and review of the Africa Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy and its Plan of Action, as well as several national-level policies and legislation (e.g. South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Uganda). As part of this network the ACDS is also a founding member of the Southern African Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR) . SASDiR brings together several DRR role-players in the region and holds the SASDiR Biennial conference hosted by different SADC countries on a rotational basis. In partnership with SASDiR and the National Disaster Management Centre , South Africa, the ACDS also produces Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies, launched in 2007.  Jàmbá is an Open Access journal on the African continent with accreditation status from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training and is the official journal of the SASDiR. 


Last updated: 3 November 2022