Frequently Asked Questions
What is this Knowledge Shop all about?
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.
How do I use this shop?
You will have to be a registered user of this website. This registration is free. You can freely download and distribute any of the Knowledge Products on our site.
How do I use the products?
Our Knowledge Products can be used in a variety of ways. We have placed very little restriction on the use of the materials. Feel free to use the material as foundational material for a short course, part of an existing curriculum or subject, professional development, new programme development or for a new qualification. You can mix and match, copy and paste, and adapt the material to suit your specific disaster risk reduction training needs.
Who created the material?
What about copyright?
- You are not allowed to sell any of our products (or derivatives thereof) for profit. You are permitted to cover your printing costs if you distribute the material in hard copy to a client.
- Reference to the original author as well as USAID as the donor must remain. You are, however, encouraged to add to the “document information”on the second page of each Knowledge Product to display the new version number (linked to your institution) as well as adding yourself as a second author to the Knowledge Product.
- Any changes to the products, irrespective of the extent of the changes, must be communicated back to the ACDS in form of the final material. We then reserve the right to scrutinise your final product for inclusion on our Knowledge Shop (this is not however a prerequisite for you using your own adapted material, it is only for us to ensure consistency and quality on the Knowledge Shop). This will help other people in turn learn from what you have created.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.