Strengthening disaster management practices

Sep 30, 2013

Discussant remarked that stronger collaboration between the Government agencies and NGOs would help streamline assistance. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

Gaibandha, an UNDAF priority district, is one of the poorest districts of Bangladesh, and exposed to both slow and rapid onset disasters. Located in the Brahmaputra river basin, Gaibandha is affected by floods every year.

Vast area of Gaibandha are made up of “chors” (new land created by accumulation of silt in the river deltas), and out migration is practiced predominantly for livelihood opportunities. Historically, Gaibandha district is exposed to slow-onset disaster such as ‘drought’ and ‘monga’ (yearly cyclical phenomenon of poverty and hunger).

Gaibandha has been identified as one of the five districts for piloting ‘Strengthening Local DM Practices through GO-NGO Partnership (SLDPGP)’ project, supported by Early Recovery Facility and implemented by Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC) in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, MoDMR.

A one-day inception workshop was organized in Gaibandha on 30 September 2013. Representatives from 20 Disaster Management Committees and NGO Heads covering Gaibandha and Jamalpur districts, participated in the workshop and provided their ideas and suggestions for effective disaster management at the local level. The workshop was chaired by Mr. Muhammad Saidur Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre. 

Mr. Mohammad Abdul Wazed, Director General, Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief; and Dr. Kazi Anworul Hoque, Deputy Commissioner, Gaibandha district, participated as the Chief Guest and Special Guest respectively.

In his introductory remarks, Deputy Comissioner Gaibandha, informed that 322 NGOs are currently working in his district. Stronger collaboration between the Government agencies and NGOs would help streamline assistance and ensure that the most vulnerable and needy people are supported and lifted out of poverty and disaster risks.