The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC (CSIS) and the Development Gateway have partnered to develop two new online communities: Disaster Prevention and Response, and Stabilization and Reconstruction. These portals will provide a virtual space where participants can share knowledge, lessons learned, best practices, and other information in an effort to build capacity, strengthen working relationships, and improve development outcomes in these areas. Social networking tools will be used to bring disparate actors together in a common forum where issues of mutual interest can be discussed and problems solved. In particular, both portals will address the unique challenges of civil-military coordination in post-conflict and disaster response scenarios. Particular emphasis will be placed on bringing together non-traditional partners, including government agencies, international organizations and NGOs in both developed and developing countries.

The mission of ICHARM is to function as the Centre of Excellence to provide and assist implementation of best practicable strategies to localities, nations, regions, and the globe to manage the risk of water related disasters.

EMI is an international, not-for-profit, scientific organization dedicated to the reduction of disaster risk in megacities and major metropolises. It was founded in 1998 in response to the urgent need to stimulate urban earthquake preparedness and mitigation in developing countries. EMI serves as a catalyst for the delivery of scientific and technical knowledge to local government officials,?policymakers, practitioners, and disaster management technical personnel.

Disaster Diplomacy investigates how and why disaster-related activities do and do not induce cooperation amongst enemies.

For the first time, a website will provide a common tool for both specialists and non-specialists interested or working in the area of disaster risk reduction to connect, exchange experiences and share information. The site is a project of the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.