ECHO

European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO)

ECHO provides rapid and effective support to the victims of disasters beyond the European Union's borders. On average, approximately 16% of ECHO humanitarian relief is a response to sudden-onset natural disasters. The importance of disaster preparedness is clearly recognised in ECHO's mandate and in the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid adopted in 2007. In 1996 ECHO launched a specific programme, DIPECHO (Disaster Preparedness ECHO) dedicated to disaster preparedness. Disaster preparedness also has a central place in the 23 principles for Good Humanitarian Donorship agreed in 2003 in Stockholm by leading humanitarian donors, including ECHO.

ECHO's humanitarian mandate prescribes a focus on saving lives, providing relief and thus assisting the most vulnerable groups. ECHO therefore prioritizes 'people-oriented' preparedness measures. The main component of ECHO's contribution to the global Disaster Risk Reduction efforts remains the DIPECHO programme which now covers sever disaster-prone regions. The DIPECHO programme therefore targets highly vulnerable communities living in some of the most disaster-prone regions of the world. This is what we term our 'community-based approach'.

ECHO has been supporting innovative initiatives in disaster preparedness. DIPECHO programme started from 1996. The DIPECHO programme had been expanded over the years and now covers seven disaster prone regions: the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia and South East Africa and South West Indian Ocean.[ Learn More About ECHO ]

DIPECHO Programme

European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid – DG ECHO has set up DIPECHO (which stands for Disaster Preparedness ECHO) to improve the capacities of communities at risk to better prepare and protect themselves. DIPECHO projects are designed as pilot strategies for their region: their impact is multiplied when the strategies are systematically integrated into long-term development projects. Following are the aims of DIPECHO Initiatives.

  • Targeting the most vulnerable communities and categories of population using bottom-up participatory methods and relevant local materials/resources that can be easily replicated.
  • Fostering appropriate and sustainable preparedness activities that are coordinated with local and national public institutions and that can be easily replicated in other parts of the region and beyond.
  • Focusing on the area most exposed to frequent natural hazards and with less coping capacities.

The projects funded by the programme include simple and inexpensive preparatory measures, often implemented by the communities themselves. They have proven extremely effective in limiting damage and saving lives when hazards suddenly strike. DIPECHO-projects will typically emphasize training, capacity building, awareness raising, establishment or improvement of local early-warning systems and contingency planning. There are numerous examples that these simple and community-owned preparedness measures enable communities at risk to save their own lives and livelihoods when disaster strikes. As any other relief provided by ECHO, DIPECHO projects are carried out by European-based aid agencies and UN agencies in close cooperation with local NGOs and authorities.

DIPECHO VII action plan in Bangladesh

The DIPECHO VI Action Plan in Bangladesh launched from March 2013 with a principal objective to institutionalise the CBDP models in urban and rural areas.  This process will focus on increase the awareness and the response capacities of local communities to reduce the effects of these disasters on the most vulnerable. European Commission is supporting the projects through NARRI Consortium members namely ActionAid Bangladesh, Concern Universal, Concern Worldwide Islamic Relief Bangladesh, Oxfam and Solidarites International.

 

DIPECHO

European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid – DG ECHO has set up DIPECHO (which stands for Disaster Preparedness ECHO) to improve the capacities of communities at risk to better prepare and protect themselves. DIPECHO projects are designed as pilot strategies for their region: their impact is multiplied when the strategies are systematically integrated into long-term development projects.


The DIPECHO program aims to achieve the principal objective by:

- Targeting the most vulnerable communities and categories of population using bottom-up participatory methods and relevant local materials/resources that can be easily replicated.

- Fostering appropriate and sustainable preparedness activities that are coordinated with local and national public institutions and that can be easily replicated in other parts of the region and beyond.

- Focusing on the areas most exposed to frequent natural hazards and with less coping capacities.

About DIPECHO Partners Coordination in Bangladesh
These Six international agencies have agreed to develop coordination forum to promote higher involvement, greater coordination and collaboration and are hereby collectively called DIPECHO Partners Bangladesh (DPB). The European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid – DG ECHO is giving financial support to this process.


Terms of Reference - DIPECHO Partners Coordination in Bangladesh

DIPECHO Partners Bangladesh (DPB) have developed Terms of Reference (ToR) which set out the overall framework of coordination to improve the quality and efficiency of implementation of the projects to highest international standards. All the members commit to endow with the broader areas of this ToR while recognizing the independence of each partner to pursue their own policies, priorities and approaches and to concentrate on their core competencies. (See TOR for details)


Joint Advocacy Strategy on DP/DRR - DIPECHO Partners Coordination

In addition to the ToR, DPB have also developed a joint strategy to effectively operationalise the coordination mechanism; reinforce the linkage between local level DP/DRR interventions and national level advocacy work; strengthen the national advocacy agenda on integration of DP/DRR in national planning; and contribute to the compilation and dissemination of good practices and lessons learnt in DP/DRR.

 

DIPECHO SA

The DIPECHO programme has been designed to demonstrate measures and initiatives at community-level and can serve as components of integrated disaster risk reduction strategies for a municipality, district or even at national level. However, Disaster Risk Reduction is a long-term development effort and ECHO is therefore encouraging other stakeholders that can provide longer-term financing to systematically integrate disaster risk reduction in their strategies. With this objective the Fifth DIPECHO Action Plan for South Asia was launched in 2009 with a principal objective to increase the awareness and the response capacities of local communities to potential and frequent natural disasters and to reduce the effects of these disasters on the most vulnerable. At present European Commission is supporting DIPECHO projects in five countries in South Asia through nineteen organizations and working for disaster preparedness with the appropriate local knowledge, practice and response mechanisms. The total amount of this DIPECHO programme is 8,039,447.

DIPECHO SA Summary Sheet [Download]

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