Graduate International Development Management, Wouter Bokdam, works as a Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor at Care Netherlands. "As a Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, I work on increasing the resilience of the people most vulnerable to natural disasters like cyclones, floods, earthquakes and the effects of climate change. In addition, we train development workers to set up sustainable projects, which are also able to withstand natural disasters."
Disaster Risk Management
Increasing resilience for the future
Droughts, heat waves, floods and other disasters are happening more frequently and are increasing in severity. When they happen, they disrupt entire societies. In some regions, these disasters are more frequent than in others. How can you help societies get back on their feet quickly after a disaster, and in such a way that they are more resilient when the next disaster occurs?
Decisions taken immediately after a disaster have long-term consequences. If you choose this specialisation, you can help to ensure that the right decisions are made. You will have the knowledge to expertly assist communities to become stronger and more resilient in the face of man-made and natural disasters. You will analyse the causes of disasters and the vulnerability of a region to those disasters. You will gain an understanding of how regions can be built up again following a disaster. You will learn where to find the required expertise and how it can be deployed. Would you like to work on both the technical and the social aspects of reconstruction? Then focusing on disaster risk management is perfect for you.
In the second year, you will do a 10-week internship placement, for instance in an eco-village, a multifunctional farm or work in the rural area as a leader of a group of youngsters. Most often these internships are undertaken in the Netherlands, Europe, US or Canada, sometimes in a developing country.
In the third year you will do a 20-week internship placement. This is often in an organisation for regional/rural development. Examples of internships in foreign countries are India, the US, Ghana, Benin, Argentina and Uganda.
Both internships will help you to discover more about the area of work, about communication, cultures, teamwork, working independently and it will simultaneously challenge you personally.
After graduation you can work as a junior consultant, policy advisor, trainer or technical assistant. You can find an employer such as a local, national or international government body, a Non Governmental Organisation, business, or set up your own enterprise.