The role of civil society as a partner in resilience is mentioned 82 times across the post-2015 frameworks. We hoped to finally see risk reduction designed by those bearing that risk, those with the knowledge and capacities to ensure local realities are taken into account. But it has now been two years since the Sendai Framework was adopted, and we are still seeing local people excluded from decision-making processes. The result is DRR policies and activities that are maladaptive, ineffective, and an inefficient use of resources. This needs to change in the design of the national and local DRR strategies mandated to be developed by 2020 under Target E of the Sendai Framework.