Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), 9-13 October 2018 | Tunis, Tunisia

Maria Martinez

Disaster Law Programme Coordinator, Africa Regional Office of the International Federation Red Cross (IFRC)

María Mercedes Martínez is the Disaster Law Programme Coordinator for the IFRC Africa Regional Office. In her current role, Ms. Martínez works with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies supporting Governments enhancing their national legal frameworks for effective disaster risk management.  These processes are in line with the technical support that is also been provided to Regional Economic Communities and the African Union on this topic. Prior to joining the Africa Region, Maria was the IFRC Legislative Advocacy Coordinator for the Americas where she engaged in various disaster management policy reforms, including the negotiation of key agreements with regional and sub-regional organizations on Disaster Law. María holds an LLB in law and political science and an LLM in International Human Rights Law.

The IFRC’s Africa regional office works in support of 49 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in sub-Saharan Africa. Through its country cluster support teams and country offices, it provides coordination, financial, and technical support for disaster operations and longer-term development programmes throughout the region.


 02 Oct. 2019

16:00 to 17:30

Theme 1: Physical Infrastructure

What changes will impact on transport and logistics infrastructures in Africa? How will these affect humanitarian and development supply networks?