National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiative (NARRI) is a consortium of INGOs working on Disaster Risk Reduction and Response in Bangladesh. It comprises ten INGOs namely ActionAid International, Care International, Concern Universal, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam, Plan International, Solidarities’ International, HelpAge International and Handicap International.
The initiative started in 2010 with the aim to strengthen disaster preparedness and risk reduction efforts in the country. It provides an opportunity for coordinated emergency preparedness and response with wider outreach. NARRI envisages working closely with the Government of Bangladesh at local and national level, relevant ministries, and development partners, international and national organizations.
The initiative is a result of increasing recognition that larger impact and efficiency of the program is best achieved working in alliance beyond just individual projects. NARRI strategy promotes development of comprehensive risk reduction interventions at national and local level by contributing coordinated actions, shared learning and good practices. NARRI members aim achieving economies of scale and a more effective scale of delivery.
The discourse of Disaster Management is growing immensely. With the success of multi-dimensional initiatives across borders, disaster resilience is now considered as one of the core requirements for sustainable development. Risk reduction initiatives cannot alone deal with natural catastrophes, nor can response initiatives bring far-reaching impact to the affected communities.
There is a need for a blended approach, which NARRI is intending to bring in Bangladesh. The current practice of the country is to treat response and risk reduction initiatives differently. NARRI tends to bridge the gap by taking a holistic approach and carry out both these initiatives form a common ground.
To embed a strong disaster and climate resilient culture and response capacity in Bangladesh by 2020
NARRI will be influential consortium delivering specific jointly developed intervention and advocacy that significantly contributes to inclusive resilience and response capacity in Bangladesh.
Disaster Resilient Bangladesh guided and demonstrated by policies, systems, mechanisms and practices to mitigate and respond to disasters and climate change impacts.