CERFE has been working with the United Nations system since 1983, participating in the discussion promoted at the international level and executing projects on the various themes related to its own research program (such as poverty and social exclusion, civil society and governance, migrations and populations, cities, capacity building and training, rural development and the environment), in cooperation with or in the frame of more wide programs implemented or funded by UNDP, UN Secretariat, UNICEF, WFP, UN-Habitat, UNESCO, UNV, FAO, IFAD, ILO, WHO, WMO, UNOPS and the World Bank.

Since early 2014, CERFE is cooperating with WMO, more specifically with the Associated Program on Flood Management and the Integrated Drought Management Program, through a framework agreement. Based on this agreement, WMO and CERFE aim to strengthen cooperation in specific areas of mutual interest, such as assessment/analysis of social and environmental risks; the involvement of community participation/social actors in flood management; capacity building on the topics just mentioned. It is important to stress that societal issues (e.g. social risks, social capital, social aspects of vulnerability, etc.) related to meteorological events (and their impact) are at the core of the WMO concerns, as well as a full active involvement of all societies actors (common citizens included) in the management of environmental risks in all its phases (prevention, preparedness, response and recovery). CERFE contributed to the preparation of specific tools on social risks, community participation and crowdsourcing and in the implementation of training activities.

On the whole, CERFE’s activity is geared to making sociology, and more generally social research, effective instruments to better understand human realities in order to meet the many demands for knowledge coming from development policymakers and society as a whole.

Learn more about CERFE.

Cooperation with APFM

The areas of cooperation are:

  • Social and environmental assessments/risk analysis
  • Community participation/social actors involvement in flood management
  • Social/popular knowledge and technical knowledge integration in flood management
  • Water cycle
  • Capacity development on the above mentioned issues
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