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.