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Rebeca - Building Capacities Adviser

Rebeca works as Building Capacities Adviser in Mexico. A challenging job that she started after her master’s degree Development and Rural Innovation.

It gives me great satisfaction when the participants understand the importance of reducing the risk of disasters.


Could you describe your job?
"I am working as a Building Capacities Adviser at the Disaster Risk Reduction Programme of UNDP in Mexico. My main task is to develop the building capacities programme for rural communities, NGOs and governmental counterparts. The aim of this programme is to guide development processes with disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies.

Other important components of my job consist of mediation between local counterparts such as NGOs and local governments. But I also work on the introduction and implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, and supervising the field work done at municipalities through a group of municipal advisers and local promoters.”

What is the best thing about your job?
“What I like most about my job is facilitating workshops. At governmental level or with NGOs or communities. It gives me great satisfaction when the participants understand the importance of reducing the risk of disasters. Or come up with ideas that can be implemented in their area of influence in order to reduce risks and achieve more secure processes of development."

How did your master’s prepare you for this career?
"The MSc programme Development and Rural Innovation has contributed to my understanding of development as a complex and wide process that involves both economic- and humanitarian aspects, and always entails social issues and implications.

The courses stressed the importance of implementing participatory bottom-up approaches in which local people are important actors that can build their own processes of development. I learned that decision-making processes should always consider local knowledge in combination with the ‘hard’ sciences, in order to have relevant development processes."

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