August 2010, Kathmandu Surakshit Samudaya II Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Nepal Second Review Meeting Report 13-14 August 2010 ActionAid Nepal DIPECHO Project PublicationPROJECT AT A GLANCE The Context Project Area: ActionAid has been implementing As a continuous process of Review and Banke the project titled Surakshit Reflection, the Second Review Meeting Sunsari Samudaya II: Building disaster- for ActionAid and its partners under Udayapur Disaster resilient communities, Nepal in DIPECHO project was held during 13-14 Management is three districts of Nepal aiming to August 2010 in Hotel Royal Century, Partner NGOs: one and only issue increase disaster resilience of the Chitwan. All the DIPECHO team and BEE Group on which there target communities through PNGO heads attended the meeting. UPCA Nepal awareness, capacity building, must not be NP Nepal rivalries. DM enabling policy environment and The review meeting is done as a part of Co-Action Nepal requires initiatives vulnerability reduction. the approach of ActionAid to undergo a cycle of Action-Reflection-Action. The of multi-sectors Beneficiaries: AAN received funding from meeting is one of the key activities of and thus, 13,854 people European Commission Humanitarian the DIPECHO project towards reviewing multi-institutions Budget: Aid department to implement the the partners program and financial including 441,330 Euro 17 months project. The project is performance, drawing key lessons, government, co-financed by Australian building team spirit and revisit the non-government Start Date: Government through AusAid and planning with enhanced commitments. and the private 01 July 2009 implemented by ActionAid in Nepal sectors. in partnership with local NGOs. Duration: 17 monthsFor more details, contact: Objectives, Methodology & Expected Outcome ActionAid Nepal Ph: 01-4436477 Fax: 01-4419718 Objective of the meeting Expected outcome Enough room was provided to The overall objective of the each participants for personal Participants will have the as well as project reflections. meeting was to enhance collective learning and sharing The Second Review Meet (SRM) of AAN DIPECHO V culture of shared learning and experience. Learning from the Facilitators team building. Project was intended to take stock of project field application will be shared The workshop was jointly and documented. The meeting facilitated by AAN DIPECHO The specific objectives were: will also finalize revised targets a) To report progress made team: P. V. Krishnan, Shyam for remaining period. Also the performance for the period by the project, share and Sunder Jnavaly, Ashok Raj case studies will be prepared (July 2009 to July 2010) analyse the key outcomes Pokharel, Shaurabh Sharma & and documented. Ms. Pratima Shrestha and results b) To analyse the outputs vs. Meeting Methodology outcomes till the period of the project and make The review meeting applied Key outcome of the SRM necessary adjustments in various methodologies implementation methods including lecture, anticipatory PROJECT PROGRESS to ensure that quality and group discussion and REVIEWED AND STOCK WAS TAKEN efficiency are maintained presentation, power point c) To review and re-schedule presentation, case study write CASE STUDIES PREPARED the targets for the final shop, individual reflection and quarter interactive planning sessions. PLANNED FOR REMAINDER The meeting was organized to PERIOD & WAY FORWARD in such a way to make able all the participants take part.
Surakshit Samudaya II: Building Disaster Resilient Communities, NepalParticipantsUPCA: Mr. Yash Prasad Subba, Mr. Shiva Hari Khatiwada, Mr. Dev Narayan Sharma, Ms. Manmaya Niraula, Ms. Parbati Limbu, Ms. Khadga K.Magar, Ms. Kamali Chaudhary, Ms. Rita Chaudhary, Ms. Sarita, Mr. Sultan Alam, Mr. Keshav Neupane, Ms. Ranjana K. Yadav, Ms. Anita GuptaNP: Mr. Durga Nanda Chaudhary, Mr. Santosh Singh, Ms. Krishna Raut, Ms. Nirmala Budhathoki, Ms. Sarita Chaudhary Co-Action: Mr. DeepakAcharya, Mr. Bishnu Hari Wagle BEE Group: Mr. Gopal Nath Yogi, Mr. Dillu Ram Ghimire, Mr. Dinesh Chaudhary, Mr. Ram Yadav, Mr.Makbool Mukeri, Mr. Man Bahadur Rana, Ms. Ajita Godiya, Ms. Haseena Bano Mukeri, Ms. Shanti Devi Mourya, Ms. Ramkumari HarijanAAN: Mr. P.V.Krishnan, Mr. Shyam S. Jnavaly, Mr. Ashok Raj Pokharel, Ms. Pratima Shrestha, Mr. Saurav Sharma, Mr. Surendara B. Bam, Mr.Suresh Raut, Mr. Binod K. Timilsena, and Mr. Nanda KandangwaMeeting procedure and outcomeThe meeting objectives, agendas and financial performance along with the were discussed. The presentation madestructure were prepared in the advance project target exercise was also carried clarity to the participants on gauzing thefor efficient execution of the meeting. out. project performance with the HFAHence, the meeting followed a Citing the changes made by the project priorities. In the meantime, internationalstructured agenda. The sessions were The review meeting also tried to assess scenario of increased disaster events anddivided logically so as to draw the changes the project has been making humanitarian challenges were alsoachievement in both qualitative and to people’s lives. In this session, a short discussed.quantitative terms. Apart from the discussion on writing good case studyreview, a knowledge session on HFA Way forward was held. All the Reflect facilitators who Based on discussions and deliberations, thewas also discussed to enhance brought their one story of change theyknowledge and capacity of staffs on it. PNGOs prepared the work plan for have witnessed, with detailed evidence remainder of the project period aiming toProject & Financial Performance on the impact the project has made on effectively accomplish objectives was one ofReview the lives of people has to be edited by the key way forward.The first day was focused on to present their own. A total of 12 stories wereand discuss on achievements against set generated. It was agreed that building linkages ofproject milestones. The 7 crucial disaster management committee with local Hyogo Framework for Action government planning, and district/nationalquestions were asked to discuss in thegroups. The presentation was followed A session was taken to discuss on how networks are utmost important in comingby discussions, seeking clarifications on we internalize HFA in our projects. A days for exit and sustainability of thethe achievements, and learning. The brief introduction to HFA, HFA five project. priorities and indicators to the priorities
Surakshit Samudaya II: Building Disaster Resilient Communities, NepalKey project achievements1. Project communities are aware about hazards, vulnerability, and risk of disasters. And their perception and belief on disaster preparedness is changed positively Examples: People are aware on safe place inside and outside home, regular discussion and update on vulnerability map, local youth mobilized in street drama, women reaching to different service providers/VDCs etc2. Family level disaster preparedness is in place Examples: Important documents like citizenship, land registration, birth registration, mark-sheet etc are kept in plastic folders, preparedness according to monthly calendar, one bucket of water storage, ensure extinguishing fire after use etc.3. Collective initiatives for coping with upcoming disasters Examples: Disaster management committees and task forces are active during recent flood; used early warning system; community level search and rescue operation; first aid work in the community; constructed safe exits, rice grain collection as a campaign; established disaster relief fund; prepared contingency plans etc.4. Government and other stakeholders are informed and supportive Examples: MOHA/MOLD/NPC are working together with AAN; DDC and DWIDP join hands to make bio-dyke; VDC allocated resources to community level DM fund; A VDC allocated DRM fund; Two VDCs requested PNGOs to prepare VDC level contingency plan; clustered response in recent Sunsari flood;5. Substantive progress towards enabling DRM policies Examples: National Disaster Risk Management Strategy 2009 enforced; commitment of government officials and constituent assembly members to bill the proposed Disaster Management Act; provision of disaster focal persons in concerned line ministries and line agencies; VDC secretaries trained on DRR in project districts; joint initiatives of DRM stakeholders in making DRR tool kitKey learning Apart from informing CA members/government officials/NGOs/journalist, the DRR policies have to be informed and discussed in the community for It is very good initiative to orient the VDC secretaries in strengthening community led advocacy DRR so that it will help to mainstream DRR into development planning. However orientation is also required to VDC level political parties representatives to internalize mainstreaming the DRR into development. Formalizing DRR in education sector is important to sustain child/parents learning in DRR. We need to develop local curriculum on DRR jointly with resource centers for modeling it in district level. Youth street drama group formation, DMC and task force mobilization, calendar, government resource mobilization in mitigation works are some of the good practices. Our project works are based upon HFA principles and It is utmost important to give priority for local resource priorities. We have been contributing the country in mobilization: human, material, skills etc in DRR achieving HFA, however we need to reflect upon ourselves, where we are.