100 Ideas for Action

Unlike the previous IDRC conference in 2006 that was concluded with the adoption of a declaration, IDRC Davos 2008 aimed at formulating practical ideas for action in the focus areas. The conference resulted in a compendium of “100 Ideas for Action” that were proposed by the participants of the IDRC Davos 2008 as measures to reduce disaster risk, to promote disaster prevention and to increase resilience.

This catalogue of ideas lead to concrete projects in areas, which have been identified as important for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, in order to help with the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (‘Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters, 2005-2015’). It is destined to serve at least three target audiences:

  • The participants of IDRC Davos 2008, whether organizations, institutions or individual experts, who may wish to take some of those ideas for direct implementation in their usual professional environment.
  • The Global Risk Forum GRF Davos that will use this catalogue of ideas in developing its future programmes for the Risk Academy; the Platform for Networks; and the IDRC Conferences and Workshops
  • The UN-ISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP/DRR) for it to consider at its next meeting in 2009.  

The “100 Ideas for Action” brochure is the result of collective thinking from a group of over thousand  people over a five-day period, looking for solutions to the problems we address in our daily work in disaster and risk reduction management.The official release of the printed brochure will take place at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, from 16 to 19 June 2009.

Read more about the "100 Ideas for Action" initiative during the IDRC Davos 2008 (97 KB, PDF)    

Add your own idea!

We would like to continue the 100 Ideas Activity by collecting and promoting your project ideas. To contribute an idea to the list below send an email to

1. The problem of statelessness

Nationality is a fundamental human right and a foundation of identity, dignity, justice, and security. Yet statelessness, or lack of effective nationality, affects over 12 million people worldwide. Being stateless means having no legal protection or right to participate in political process, inadequate access to health care and education, poor prospects for employment prospects or property ownership, travel restrictions, and social exclusion.

No region is untouched by statelessness and include Rohingya in Burma, Bidun in the Middle East, individuals from the former Soviet bloc, some Roma, children of Haitian migrants in the Caribbean, numbers of Palestinians, denationalized Kurds in Syria, and certain groups in Thailand. Their legal limbo results from many factors such as political change, expulsions, nationality based solely on descent, and laws regulating marriage and birth registration. Their plight also reflects state failure to uphold basic principles of international and domestic law, such as nondiscrimination, equality, and due process.

Statelessness will be reduced when all states respect of the right of every person to have a nationality and work to facilitate acquisition of nationality; make certain that nationality legislation and its implementation is free of ethnic and gender discrimination; and ensure that every child is registered at birth. Maureen Lynch (Senior Advocate for Statelessness Initiatives, Refugees International)

2.   Your idea???