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Founding Institutions
DHAN Foundation
Tata-Dhan Academy
Oxfam America


Atul Loke/Panos for Oxfam America

The Advanced Centre for Enabling Disaster Risk Reduction

Sharing knowledge... building skills... encouraging innovations...

The Advanced Centre for Enabling Disaster Risk Reduction (ACEDRR) is a specialised centre established at the Tata-Dhan Academy by DHAN Foundation with the support of Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, also an affiliate of Oxfam International that works on creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. The ACEDRR aims at enhancing the knowledge and practice on disaster risk reduction (DRR) by working with peoples' organisations, non-government and government organisations, technical institutes, research and academic institutes and funding agencies.


The Mission of ACEDRR is to provide evidence based knowledge for enabling integration of disaster risk reduction in mainstream development and encourage community driven models and solutions for sustainability of disaster risk reduction.


The Centre aims to become a centre of excellence in the field of disaster risk reduction through:

  • Building and sharing knowledge gained from practice.
  • Pioneering in research, networking and policy advocacy.
  • Encouraging innovations and action.

Guiding Principles

The principles that are guiding the approach and activities of the centre are:

Core Values

Humaneness encompasses expressions of kindness, compassion and caring, and is instrumental for creating sensitivity to individual and community needs irrespective of caste, class, creed, gender, or ethnicity.

Openness promotes opportunities for learning, sharing, and building linkages across sectors, disciplines, and institutions.

Enabling expands the scope for capacity building, and knowledge sharing through networking, sustaining other initiatives, and building self-reliance and long term sustainability.

Innovation promotes contributing to the knowledge enhancement and enrichment and is instrumental for advancing knowledge.

Excellence integrates efficiency, effectiveness, and quality consciousness into our activities.