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All India Disaster Mitigation Institute

AIDM India is a community-based action research, action planning and action advocacy non-governmental organisation. It works towards bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research related to disaster mitigation, in an effort to link the community to the (inter)national level humanitarian scenario. The overall mission is to reduce disaster risk of vulnerable communities by promoting mitigation efforts, through learning and action. Founded after the repeated 1987-89 droughts in Gujarat, AIDM recently took on a national focus and changed its name accordingly. AIDMI currently works through four security programmes and eleven activity centers adopting a multidisciplinary and participatory approach internally. DMI affiliates are drawn from fields as diverse as journalism, social work, architecture, engineering, urban planning, economics, finance, information technology, business management, political science and disaster management.

Targeting women in Local Capacity Building Cycles
which develop leadership; skills and community capacities of those living in risk environments, using participatory learning methods. Women’s trainings were held regularly in these areas:

  • Women led emergency medical response
  • Women led disaster relief and response
  • Women led disaster mitigation and preparedness, e.g.
    Seventy First Local Cycle, August 12-13, 2004, Radhanpur, Patan
    Participants: 40 community leaders from Jeevika SEWA Mandal, Child services, Health services, Nursery, Salt worker women, Gum collecting women, Saving Groups and Banaskantha DWACRA Mahila SEWA Association (BDMSA).

Experience Learning Series publications, e.g.

  • No. 18 Disaster and Vulnerability: SEWA's Response to the Earthquake in Gujarat, June 2002
  • No. 112, Importance of Women's Role in Disaster Mitigation (in Gujarati), July 2001
  • No. 110, Importance of Women's Role in Disaster Mitigation (in Gujarati)
    July 2001

Tsunami, Gender and Recovery.

16 pp, illustrated. October 2005. Produced by the All-India Disaster Mitigation Institute as a Special issue for International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. October 12, 2005. Available through GDN:

An excellent resource for specialists in tsunami recovery, policy makers and practitioners seeking direction for gender-aware approaches, and for trainers and teachers as a case study. 12 short articles are included:

  • Gender issues in tsumami recovery planning
  • Unequal impact of tsunami on women
  • The unbreakable spirit of women: believe in change makers
  • Recovery of women : issues and plans
  • Addressing gender issues in humanitarian practice: tsunami recovery
  • Lessons from earthquake affected women
  • Preparedness, risk mitigation and women
  • Emerging good practices
  • How do we support women’s capacities?
  • Gender in Sphere standards


Key words: India, NGO, cross hazard, mitigation, capacity building, development, livelihood, gender analysis, community education