Action Aid

Project Overview:

ActionAid Bangladesh started working in Bangladesh in 1983 from a remote coastal island in Bhola with the objective of eradicating poverty and establishing a society in which people can exercise their rights to a life of dignity free from injustice. AAB works broadly across a number of thematic areas including climate change (CC), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response.

Based on the two decades experience through various long-term local rights programmes and short-term projects, AAB has now placed Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Justice (DRR-CJ) as one of the strategic priorities in its Fourth Country Strategy Paper (2012-2017). There are DRR-CJ team for disaster and climate work and an E-FAST Team (Emergency Fast Action Support Team) for humanitarian response. AAB has been carrying out preparedness/risk reduction and emergency response programmes.

DIPECHO-VII project, funded by ECHO, is one of the successful projects of ActionAid Bangladesh. It aims to institutionalize a harmonized community-based DRR model across government mechanisms at different levels while also strengthening capacity of people vulnerable to hazards to build resilience and reduce disaster risks with a specific focus on inclusion.

The project is being implemented by 4 local long-standing partner NGOs, namely JJS (Jagroto Juba Sangha) and USS (Ulashi Sreejony Sangha) in rural areas with the replication area at Koira (USS, Khulna) and  PSTC (Population Services and Training Center)  &  FSCD (Fire Service and Civil Defense) in urban areas.

Project Title:

The project titled “Building a Disaster Resilient Bangladesh” under the DIPECHO VII Action Plan in South Asia will be implemented by NARRI (National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives. NARRI is a consortium of eight INGOs, namely ActionAid, Concern Universal, Concern WorldWide, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Solidarites International, Care International and Plan International and two technical partners, namely Handicap International and HelpaAge International. Of them, the latter two INGOs and two technical partners are not participating in DIPECHO VII.

Principal Objective: With distinct focus on both urban and rural DRR as well as national level advocacy, the principal objective of the 7th DIPECHO Action plan is ‘to increase resilience and establish a culture of disaster risk reduction among communities and institutions vulnerable to natural hazards in urban and rural areas of Bangladesh’.

Specific Objective: To promote standardized DIPECHO urban and rural CBDRR/CBDP models with a focus on inclusion and replication through integration into DRR instruments and development programmes’.

Expected Results:

  • Result:1- A rural CBDRR model is scaled up and replicated through integration into development planning and implementation processes
  • Result:2- An Urban CBDRR model is demonstrated and replicated where key urban stakeholders develop capacity to carry out coordinated response and mainstream DRR into development
  • Result:3 Implementation of DM policy framework is enhanced by strong coordination and evidence based advocacy to MoDM&R and MoLGRD&C.


The project will reach about 36,914 households who are the most vulnerable groups of people in the community.

Process of work:

  • Replication: AAB  implements the project in close collaboration with both local and national level stakeholders build the capacity of the relevant stakeholders and will demonstrate a basic minimum model which can easily be replicated/ scaled-up by relevant stakeholders.
  • Standardization: ECHO’s keen interest is to develop uniformity in the project and hence all the NARRI partners will implement same set of activities across the country with focus on the CBDRR model.

Engagement with Stakeholders:

National Level:

  • Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Directorate of Disaster Management (DDM), DMD, CDMP, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGD)

Local level:

  • Urban – District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), City Corporation Disaster Management Committee (CCDMC)
  • Rural – Upazilla Disaster Management Committee (UzDMC), Union Disaster Management Committee (UDMC), Ward Disaster Management Committee (WDMC), Ward Social Development Committee (WSDC), Volunteers, Mason-Bar binders & Architects, District Education Officers (DEO), School Management Committee (SMC), School Teachers and Students, Communities

DIPECHO-VII is working closely with DDM of MoDM&R to develop and institutionalize a Standard Community-based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) Model at both urban and rural level. It is also working with other key National Government Organizations including LGD (MoLGRD&C), DoA (MoA), FSCD, AFD, RAJUK, HBRI etc to mainstream CBDP into different sectors. As part of institutional strengthening, it is building capacity of DMCs and other relevant national stakeholders to ensure wider replication of standard CBDP model. CBDP model ensures the participation of communities at all level of project management cycle.

Implementation Time-Frame: DIPECHO-VII:1 March 2013 to 31 August 2014 [18 months].

Budget : 474,830 Euro (85% ECHO and 15% ActionAid Bangladesh) [BDT48,432,665/=]

Geographical Location and Local Partners in Rural area:

Implementation area:

Organization: Ulashi Sreejony Sangha (USS)

  • District: Khuln,
  • Upazilla: Dacope
  • Union:  Sutharkhuali and Kamarkhola

Organization: Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS)

  • District: Satkhira
  • Upazilla: Shyamnagar
  • Union:  Burigoalini and Podmapukur

 Replication area:

Organization: Ulashi Sreejony Sangha (USS)

  • District: Khulna
  • Upazilla: Koira
  • Union:   Bethkashi and Mohesoripur

Geographical Location and Local Partners in Urban area:

Implementation area:

Organization/Institution: Population Services and Training Centre (PSTC) and Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD)

  • District: Dhaka City Corporation
  • Thana: Sutrapur, Lalbagh and Kotwali
  • Ward: 24, 25,26,27,28,29,32,33,34,35,45,and 46

Map Rural & Urban

For further information


ActionAid Bangladesh

Focal: Naser Shawkat Haider , Programme Manager-DIPECHO VII

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Skype: naserhaider;

Tel: + (880 2) 9888006, 8832452 | Fax: + (880 2) 9896167 |  Mob: +88 (0) 1713060148;

 For further contact: [Implementation Partners]

Organization: Jagrata Juba Shangha (JJS);

Address:  35/8,TB Cross Road, Khulna-9100,Bangladesh

Focal: ATM Zakir Hossain; Executive Director;

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;  Mob: 01711-828833


Organization: Population Services and Training Center (PSTC);

Address:  103 New Circular Road, Mouchak, Dhaka-1217,Bangladesh

Focal:  F.M. Mostaque;  Executive Director(In-Charge);

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mob: 01713000437


 Government Department:  Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD)

Central Control Room

Address: 38-46 Kaji Alauddin Road, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tel:9555555, Mob: 01713038181, 01713038182 Fax: 88-02-9565657



Contact us

NARRI Consortium Secretariat
House# 19, Road # 128, Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212

Phone:  +88 02 9888006 , 8832452, Fax:9896137