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  1. 1. ownership of the project provisions, water supplies, sanitation, emergency repairs REFLECT to be used as the key participatory process and tool for local planning and implementation and mine-clearing. Raising awareness and building capacities to complement community mobilization and leadership development to The Commission also funds disaster preparedness and effectively respond to disasters mitigation projects in regions prone to natural Developing and nurturing a pool of local resource persons in participatory disaster preparedness initiatives at the catastrophes. Under department of Disaster community level Preparedness (DIPECHO), the European Commission’s Building partner capacity to facilitate disaster risk reduction process based on competence, transparency and Humanitarian Aid department has been supporting a accountability number of disaster preparedness initiatives in South Asia, including Nepal. Advocating rights of people affected or impacted by disasters or prone to disasters to lead a life with dignity Collaboration and networking among various stakeholders at local and national level to be strengthened Contribution to local and national efforts in building a disaster resilient Nepal ActionAid Nepal ActionAid is an international anti-poverty agency working in over 40 countries, taking sides with poor people to end European Commission Humanitarian Aid department poverty and injustice together. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1972 and registered as a global entity in The Hague, the Netherlands in September 2003, the ActionAid International Secretariat is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department is under the direct responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel. Since 1992, the Commission has funded relief to millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters outside the European ActionAid is committed to improving the quality of life of the poorest and the most excluded people so that they can live Union. a life of dignity. It has over three hundred thousand supporters across Europe. ActionAid has been working in Nepal since Aid is channelled impartially to the affected populations, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, 1982. Its mission here is to empower poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice. nationality or political affiliation. In the area of humanitarian aid, the Commission works with 200 operational partners, including specialised United Nations agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non-governmental organisations Local Implementing Partners (NGOs). The European Commission is one of the biggest sources of humanitarian aid in the world. In 2006, it provided 671 Underprivileged Children’s Association; Nava Prabhat Samaj Sevi million euro for humanitarian programmes. This does not include the aid given separately by the EU’s 25 Member States. Pariwar, Women and Children Development Forum; Friends Support went to projects in 74 countries. The funds are spent on goods and services such as food, clothing, shelter, medical Service Council Nepal, Prerana, Districts: Sunsari, Udayapur, Makawanpur, Rupandehi and Sarlahi Duration: 15 months, starting 1st November 2007 Total Budget: Euro 348,285 (including 15% co-finance) The project is funded by European Commission through its Humanitarian Aid department For more information, visit www.dipechonepal.org or write to The DIPECHO Project Manager ActionAid Nepal P. O. Box 6257, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4436477, Fax: +977-1-4419718 Email: mail.nepal@actionaid.org URL: www.actionaid.org/nepal
  2. 2. Prelude Result 2 : Established functional network of disaster preparedness committees and stakeholders Nepal is a Himalayan country rich in natural beauty. But ironically it is also a theatre of disasters. The beauty and the Municipality level and VDC level networks formed development progress of Nepal have been overshadowed and hindered by recurring disasters. Be it flood, landslide, Active REFLECT/Disaster Management Committees in the project area earthquake, hailstorm, cold wave, heat wave or civilian conflicts, the people of Nepal have been hounded time and again Linkages with government departments by elements of nature as well as human misdemeanors, mostly affecting the poorest and differentially vulnerable sections Linkages with schools, fire control unit, youth organizations within the society. Disaster Information Centres established in districts Disaster vulnerability is one of the contributing factors in aggravating and perpetuating poverty in Nepal. ActionAid Nepal, Information sharing and action plan workshops for stakeholders with its mission to empower poor and excluded people to eradicate poverty and injustice, has adopted Disaster Risk Project Objective Disaster Relief fund to Disaster Management Committees Reduction as a crosscutting initiative. To enable communities towards disaster management through awareness, empowerment and enhanced capacity of Small Scale Mitigation and Preparedness Poor and marginalized people are affected more by disasters. They are often pushed into the vicious disaster-poverty cycle, accountable stakeholders In the vulnerable communities, small structural support and mitigation work can go a long way in leading to a constant struggle for subsistence, which in turn severely impairs their effort to claim rights and lead a life with Expected Results and Proposed Activities reducing the impact of disasters. Under this project, model mitigation work like school retrofitting, dignity. For such communities, it is imperative to have deep understanding about the causes of disaster and poverty, and emergency shelters, flood control structures and environmental management will be demonstrated as about available measures and opportunities to reduce the impact of disasters. ActionAid Nepal, through its Disaster Risk Awareness, Capacity Building and Leadership a part of disaster preparedness initiatives. Reduction initiatives, addresses the issues of vulnerability and hazards while enhancing skills, capacity and leadership of the The community-based approach to disaster preparedness will be centred on REFLECT process, a highly effective vulnerable groups so that they become more resilient to disasters. ActionAid believes in a collaborative approach to disaster participatory tool to mobilize the community and strengthen their collective leadership. Through participatory vulnerability Result 3: Ensure protected sites through small scale mitigation for disaster preparedness risk reduction and is committed to the principles of participation, accountability and transparency. analysis, awareness and capacity building measures, people will be motivated to build coping mechanisms and resilience Identification and marking safe exit in project area to disasters. Establishing traditional early warning system DIPECHO Project Retrofitting school buildings to make it quake-proof Results 1 : Raised awareness and enhanced capacity of communities and stakeholders to cope with disasters Emergency shelters to be constructed in disaster prone areas From November 2007 onwards, ActionAid Nepal has been implementing a project titled Surakshit Samudaya, a DIPECHO Formation of community-based Disaster Management Committees Afforestation through plantation in flood catchment areas project in five disaster prone districts of Nepal, towards building safer communities through disaster management. This Participatory Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Mapping project is funded by European Commission under its Humanitarian Aid department, as a part of the DIPECHO Action Plan Access to Resources and local participation for South Asia. Under DIPECHO III (2006-07), AAN had successfully implemented a disaster preparedness project in three Disaster Management Training for grassroots volunteers districts of Nepal and the current project under DIPECHO IV will have a wider coverage and scope to address issues related Training in First Aid, Search, Rescue and Evacuation Result 4: Increased access to locally available resources through accountable and responsible to disaster vulnerability in the country. Activate and sustain REFLECT centres in project area stakeholders Training in managing Fire Disasters Disaster Management plan to be developed by Disaster Management Committees (DMC) Masons’ Training for disaster proof buildings Rescue and relief materials to be kept at bay with DMCs Awareness through radio and street theatre Mobilising government resources to preparedness and mitigation Grassroots Networking and Linkages Improving linkages to access relief during disasters Collective action is key to community efforts to disaster preparedness. In this AAN-DIPECHO Project project, efforts will be made to link people’s grassroots initiatives with government and other stakeholders, effectively Strategic Approach to Disaster Preparedness building up a network of people, institutions and government to ensure community resilience to disasters. Make disaster preparedness a community-based approach, ensuring participation and