MoU signed with University Grants Commission (UGC)
National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives (NARRI) on 26th August 2014 has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh for incorporating earthquake resilient features in Engineering and Technological University Curriculums.
Vide this MoU NARRI and UGC will work together to analyze the current curriculums of Undergraduate Programme on Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Planning under different Engineering and Technological Universities to see if earthquake resilient features are properly emphasized and taught to the students who are going to be the designers and constructor/implementer of infrastructures in Bangladesh in near future. A technical committee will be formed comprising Dean or Departmental Head of concerned department to facilitate the curriculum review process.
Success Story: DIPECHO VII
A consortium supported by ECHO succeeds to develop and replicate a risk informed micro development planning and implementation tool according to Disaster Management legal provisions of Bangladesh and to institutionalize it through local financial planning. Coordinated effort by NARRI members with Government and non-Government agencies evolved and endorsed the Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) institutionalization model. The model facilitated implementation of Standing Order on Disaster.
Capacity building through harmonised training module on Disaster Risk Reduction activated and reactivated Disaster Management Committees at District, Upazila, Union, Pouroshava, City Corporations and Ward levels. This process led the development of risk informed Annual Development Plan (ADP). The following section describes the initiatives.
Shimulbak Village Towards Resilience
In Haor area, life is always combating with water. The same is true in Shimulbak village of Boribari union in Kishorgonj. As per the SoD, 2012; the Union Porishad is the last tire for disaster management. The Union Chairperson reactivated the Union Disaster Management Committee (UDMC) and form similar disaster management committee in nine Wards. The Union Chairperson received the Master Trainers training from District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) and is a member of district pool. After the training, In due course of preparing for a resilient Union, community stated meeting regularly and initiated preparedness discussions. To support the community led preparedness initiatives, SAD Bangladesh, Concern Universal and NARRI Consortium team supported community process visiting the Shimulbak village. Following is the picture narration describing the process taken place.
Strengthening Local Governance to Mainstream DRR into Development
In the course of resilience building, local government can play a critical role. Same has been demonstrated by the Uria Union Disaster Management Committee members. Situated on the bank of River Brahmaputra, Uria is amongst the most vulnerable unions of Fulchari Upazilla under Gaibandha District. Almost every year a share of the union is eroded by the river leaving hundreds of people homeless. Islamic Relief and its local implementing partner Smamj Kalyan Santha (SKS) started implementing the DIPECHO project in Gaibandha from 2011 funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).
Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) Institutionalization Model
The geographical location, land characteristics, multiplicity of rivers and the monsoon climate render Bangladesh highly vulnerable to natural hazard1. Human induced disasters caused by deforestation, environmental degradation, exploitation of natural resources and unplanned urban structures have further aggravated the socioeconomic environment. There is a strong need for a harmonized model to strengthen the capacities of those working within the local, district and national institution on disaster risk reduction and management as well as develop a continual process of capacity building by institutionalising national Disaster Management systems.
The principle objective of this initiative is to increase resilience and establish a culture of disaster risk reduction among communities and institutions vulnerable to hazards in Bangladesh. This model focuses on strengthening the state mechanism for disaster preparedness through Community Based Rural and Urban Disaster Preparedness.
Bangladesh: A Sustainable and Disaster Resilient Future
Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, suffering from regular floods, cyclones, earthquakes and drought. It is estimated that in the past 20 years, 135 million people in Bangladesh have been affected by natural disasters, and while many have lost their lives or been injured, millions of others have also lost their homes, land and livelihoods. [Read More]