January 2010, Kathmandu
Surakshit Samudaya II
Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Nepal
ORIENTATION ON HFA/DRR
ActionAid Nepal DIPECHO Project Publication
ActionAid Nepal is implementing a project Education, and 4) Local resource What is HFA?
titled “Surakshit Samudaya II”, a DIPECHO mobilization.
project in two disaster prone districts of The World Conference on Disaster Risk
Nepal, towards building disaster resilient In order to contribute in building
communities through disaster management. enabling policy environment in Disaster Reduction held from 18 to 22 January,
The project is funded by European Risk Reduction(DRR); four events of 2005 in Kobe, Hyogo Japan that
Commission Humanitarian Aid department orientations on Hyogo Framework for adopted present Framework of Action
under fifth DIPECHO Action Plan for South Action/DRR to the government bodies, 2005-2015: Building resilience of
Asia and co-financed by Australian NGO leaders, political leaders and other
Government through AUSAID. stakeholders were organized in Sunsari Nations and communities to disasters.
and Banke districts during November- This framework is well known as
AAN-DIPECHO V project has main four December, 2009. Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).
components, 1) Capacity Building 2) Enabling
policy environment 3) Awareness and
HFA Priorities of Action
1. Ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and a local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation
2. Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning
3. Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels
4. Reduce the underlying risk factors
5. Strengthen disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels
Objective and methodologies
Objective of the orientation events, disaster data and fact presentation,
analytical presentation of existing mechanism
The objectives of the orientation and current gaps in disaster risk reduction
workshop were: initiatives in Nepal.
To sensitize Government Officers, NGO A set of questions was distributed to the
leaders, political parties, journalists and participants to evaluate the effectiveness of
other stakeholders on the issue of the program.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Hyogo
Framework of Action Facilitation
To enhance awareness and sensitivity of The programs were facilitated by renowned
the participants towards persons in DRR sector. Dr. Meen Bahadur
implementation of Hyogo Framework Poudyal, and Mr. Lekhnath Pokhrel.
for Action, and mainstreaming DRR into Moderating work was taken care by Mr.
development Deepak Acharya and Mr. Bishnu Hari Wagle.
Methodology Ms. Vera Van Ek of Handicap International
also took session on mainstreaming disability
The participants were sensitized on the in DRR. Briefing about DIPECHO project were
issues using different methods of carried out by Shyam Sundar Jnavaly and
information sharing that included Pratima Shrestha.
presentation of photographs of disaster
Surakshit Samudaya II: Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Nepal
There were 171 participants representing government officials, NGO
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) leaders, journalists, political parties in the orientations. The program,
orientation dates and venues are as follows:
The concept and practice of reducing disaster risk
through systematic efforts to analyse and manage Title of orientation No of Date and Venue
the causal factors of disasters, including through participants
reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability
of people and property, wise management of land Orientation to NGO leaders 57 November 22, 2009/ Hotel
on DRR & HFA Phulbari, Inaruwa
and environment and improved preparedness for
adverse events. Orientation to Government 48 November 23, 2009/Hotel
(UNISDR, 2009) Officers on DRR & HFA Phulbari, Inaruwa
Orientation to NGO leaders 31 December 30, 2009/Hotel
on DRR & HFA Om Tandori, Nepalgunj
Orientation to Government 35 December 31, 2009/ Hotel
Officers on DRR & HFA Om Tandori, Nepalgunj
Training procedure, evaluation and outcome
Proceeding Finally documentary on DIPECHO works in
Nepal was presented. The closing session
The orientations program begun with the ended with the participants evaluation, and Outcome
welcome speech from the organizer. It is vote of thanks provided by the organizer.
The programs have achieved the result of
followed by the sharing of the
sensitizing and enhancing awareness
orientation objectives in detail. The chief
Evaluation building of the participants about DRR and
guest inaugurated the program along
with inauguration speech. The evaluation was carried out providing
formats to each participants. The
Then the facilitator presented compilation of participants evaluation of The orientation programs were successful
photographs contextual to DRR, disaster one of the orientation is: to sensitize on the issue of DRR and HFA
database, the mechanism of disaster 100% participants found the program not only to government officials and NGO
management. He then briefly discussed effective to increase the level of leaders but also to the political leaders as
about the Hyogo Framework of Action. understanding on the need of DRR well as journalist in some extent.
The facilitators made a spell binding 92% felt the existing DRR policy
presentation that captivated the framework in not sufficient for risk
audience towards mainstreaming DRR reduction in Nepal Risk reduction is not the responsibility of
into development. 100% participants felt need of strong DDRC alone, but should be the business of
DRR policy framework in Nepal all. I am sure this orientation program will
The presentation followed by the topic 88% participants felt DRR makes help us to integrate disaster management
mainstreaming disability into DRR. The economic sense not only in theoretical aspects but in
AAN DIPECHO project approach and practicality. I request all of the participants
96% participants felt DRR should be
modality were also presented. The to study HFA book provided; and do
inclusive especially to PWDs
question answer sessions were kept accordingly in days to come.
open in any time between the
presentations. -Shared by Mr. Ram Prasad Thapaliya,
Chief District Officer, Banke