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Kylah Firbes-Biggs

GRRIPP Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Africa


Dr Kylah Forbes-Biggs joined the Durban University of Technology in 2019, after ten years of lecturing and research in South Africa. Since was invited to relocate to South Africa in 2009, where she has been involved in disaster risk reduction/ management and building a specialisation in Gender and Disasters within southern Africa region. She has served as an academic examiner as well as a reviewer for regional and international journals. One of Kylah’s key achievements and innovations was in the development of the Girls in Risk Reduction Leadership (GIRRL) Project, which was later adopted as a flagship programme for the African Centre for Disaster Studies at North-West University. The project gained international recognition as a Good Practice in areas such as Women’s Leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction, Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction and Youth Involvement in Reducing Disaster Risk by bodies/organisations including: the Cop 17 Conference 2018, United Nations (UN) International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (2015, 2008), UN Economic Commission for Africa (2015), Plan International (2013, 2011), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2013), European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equity (2012), UN Children's Fund (2011) and the World Bank Group (2011).

Kylah has been involved in national, regional, international gender advocacy in disaster risk reduction and serves as an member of the Hazards and Disaster Committee of the International Science Council (ISC) (Africa region), the Global Network for Civil Society Organisations in Disaster Reductions (GNDR), the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) as well as serving as the Chairperson of the Gender and Disaster Network Africa Region. She has been active in writing individual and collaborative grant proposals for research and projects with partners. In 2019, Kylah was invited by Prof Maureen Fordham (University College London) to collaborate in the Gender Responsive Resilience and Intersectionality in Policy and Practice - Networking Plus Partnering for Resilience' proposal as a regional partner (GRRIPP). She is excited to be a part of this new project as the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator (Africa) for the multi-year, multi-national gender and resilience project across South Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa.

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