South Asian countries exhibit high disaster vulnerability, based on low coping and adaptive capacities, with a direct
linkage between such capacities and the risk rating level for vulnerable and excluded groups. Inequalities and social
exclusion determine that certain social groups or sectors suffer more in extreme events and disasters because of their
place within a system of unequal social power relations and underlying vulnerabilities.
Inclusive Disaster Risk Management is about addressing those underlying vulnerabilities ; promoting equality of
rights and opportunities, dignity of the individual, acknowledging diversity, and contributing to resilience for
everyone, not leaving aside members of a community based on age, gender, disability or other.
While the need and added value of Inclusive DRM is acknowledged and practicedby DRM actors across the region
recognizing that Inclusion is a process of doing the same things differently, the application usually remains
isolated within organizations and impact restricted to direct target communities. Strategies adopted remain adhoc ,
and inclusion becomes mere tokenism and without bringing sustainable change in the lives of vulnerable communities.