The idea of a disaster risk reduction knowledge shop was conceived after the Southern Africa offie of OFDA/USAID identified a need for training material similar to that used since the 1990s as part of the UNDP Disaster Management Training Programme. Mr. Harlan Hale of OFDA/USAID and Prof. Dewald van Niekerk of the ACDS envisaged a body of knowledge that will not only inform disaster response and recovery but focus on cross-sectoral disaster risk reduction issues as well. The initial project aimed to develop ten modules but was soon expanded to 37, and yet again to a total of 50 modules. Unique to this project was the innovative copyright and open access idea. Disaster risk is a societal problem and knowledge necessary for its reduction and elimination should also be open for all. Furthermore, it was hoped that the idea of open access and use will stimulate local adaptation and application of the various knowledge products. With this in mind it was decided to publish all of the knowledge products under a Creative Commons licence. We aim to constantly add and expand this disaster risk reduction body of knowledge.
All of the work in the Knowledge Shop is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.