ARC Strategic Framework
The ARC Group Strategy 2020 – 2024 is built around the organisation’s key mandate of assisting AU Member States improve their capacities to plan, prepare for and respond to extreme weather events and disease outbreaks effectively. Designed to set the Group on a new trajectory, the refreshed strategy seeks to align ARC’s programmes with national, regional and continental development agendas, and build robust natural disaster resilience on the African Continent. It also aspires to create an enabling environment that promotes smart partnerships to enable service to Member States.
ARC’s three strategic objectives of Innovate, Strengthen and Grow will steer the organisation towards its goals and ensure the continent’s Disaster Risk Management efforts protect the lives and livelihoods of populations at risk. Initiatives prioritised for each strategic objective can be summarised as follows:
To meet the needs of Member States, a key focus will be the diversification of ARC’s product portfolio. In addition to the existing Drought and Tropical Cyclone products, significant progress has been made towards the development of complementary products to cover other risks such as floods and outbreaks and epidemics, with most already at advanced stages of research and development.
Notably, the strategy also highlights the organisation’s commitment to mainstreaming gender equality principles in all processes. With a new Gender Strategy, ARC will ensure that all processes are reflective of its goal of ensuring the inclusion of vulnerable men, women, and children in all DRM approaches.