Opinion Paper

A review of children’s participation in disaster risk reduction

Chipo Muzenda-Mudavanhu
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 8, No 1 | a218 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v8i1.218 | © 2016 Chipo Muzenda-Mudavanhu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 July 2015 | Published: 17 March 2016

About the author(s)

Chipo Muzenda-Mudavanhu, Department of Geography, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe


Children are often excluded from disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities, yet they are one of the most vulnerable groups to disasters. As a result, they experience physical, psychological and educational vulnerabilities. There is lack of research on children’s participation in DRR and their potential value in strengthening community resilience has been largely overlooked. Therefore, this article highlights the existing research and knowledge gap in children’s participation in DRR. It highlights the existing research and knowledge gap by reviewing literature on the concept of children’s participation in DRR. The article analyses the different ways in which children’s participation in DRR has been conceptualised, and how this has influenced the way children are involved in DRR. The study will then explore the obstacles to involving children and their potential contribution in DRR.


children, disaster risk reduction, participation


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