Sept 2009, Kathmandu
Surakshit Samudaya II
Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Nepal
AAN DIPECHO PROJECT BRIEF
UPDATE (JULY-AUG 2009)
ActionAid Nepal DIPECHO Project Publication
This brief update is on the progress made under AAN-DIPECHO project since its inception in July 2009, giving
narrative progress in a nutshell. For more details, please contact the DIPECHO team in ActionAid Nepal at
PROJECT AT A GLANCE
Banke Staffing and Orientation
All the 5 positions in AAN-DIPECHO team Following recruitments, a three days
were filled. The positions filled were a Project Orientation Workshop for PNGO
Partner NGOs: Project Manager, an Assistant Project staffs and executive members was
BEE Group Manager, two Project Officers and a commenced in Global Hotel, Chitwan
UPCA Nepal Finance & Admin Officer. All 4 partner during July 26-28, 2009. There were 31
Co-Action Nepal organizations were also selected and participants in the orientation including AAN
recruited their field staffs according to -ERC and WRC Program Officers. The
Beneficiaries: proposed positions. The positions were orientation was able to make participants
13,854 people Field Coordinator, Social Mobilizer, familiar with the project and partners. A
Finance & Admin Officer, Documentation detail implementation plan was also
Euro 377,095 Officer, and Reflect Facilitators. developed during the program.
01 July 2009
National joint launching of DIPECHO V project
15 months The national launch of DIPECHO was held on 19
August 2009 in Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu, a
For more details, contact: well attended event jointly organized the DIPECHO
partners in Nepal. The DIPECHO projects were
Fax: 01-4419718 formally launched by the Chief Guest of the
ceremony, Mr. Rizwan Mohammed Ansari,
Honorable State Minister for Home Affairs, Govt.
FEW SNAPSHOTS of Nepal, who applauded the efforts of DIPECHO in
Nepal and extended all possible support from his
government to ensure strong disaster Joint DIPECHO launching in progress
preparedness among vulnerable communities. Mr.
Dominique Feron, ECHO representative in Nepal
Field Office, Dr. Govind Prasad Kusum, Home
Secretary and Dr. Chawang Lama Sherpa, Member
-Secretary of Social Welfare Council were invited
guest speakers. P. V. Krishnan, AA Project Manager
anchored the program while Deb Narayan Bej, PA
Project Manager presented DIPECHO overview.
Over 80 participants from constituent assembly,
government, donors, UN, INGOs, NGOs and media
Mr. Rizwan Ansari, Hon’ble State Minister of
attended the launching ceremony that started at Home Affairs , Govt. of Nepal giving key address
1130 hrs and culminated with buffet lunch. during national DIPECHO joint launch
Surakshit Samudaya II: Building Disaster Resilient Communities, Nepal
District Launching of AAN DIPECHO Project
The project was formally launched in both of the project districts. In the launching
programs, representative from district level government bodies, political parties,
stakeholders, journalists, project beneficiaries, UN agencies and I/NGOs were present. The
launching program was held in July 19, 2009 in Banke whereas in August 9, 2009 in Sunsari.
Huge number of participants in both launching program and lively interaction made success
of the events. Both partner organizations also completed orientation in village level.
Capacity Building to Project Team Members
An 8 days REFLECT Training of Trainers for Reflect
facilitators and social mobilizers was organized in
Gaidakot, Nawalparasi during August 8-15, 2009. There
were 22 participants in the training.
Participatory Vulnerability Analysis training was Participants in the PVA training provided to
organized for field staffs in Sunsari during August 17-21, Practical Action team members
2009. There were 27 participants in the PVA training.
PVA Training to Practical Action Team
PVA training was provided to 22 team members of Practical Action DIPECHO team mem-
bers to introduce them the PVA process and field application tools. The training was pro-
vided by AA as per the MOU signed by both organizations on collaborative approach to DRR.
The training was held from 25-29 August 2009 in Nepalgunj and was facilitated by Ram
www.dipechonepal.org Prasad Bhattarai, leading PVA trainer from Nepal and supported by Dhurba Thapalia.
Community Mobilization in the field DIPECHO Coordination
The project team members from AAN as well as its AAN hosted the second DIPECHO coordination meeting
partners were engaged in different group discussions and on August 7, 2009. There were 20 participants including
meetings with the communities, discussing with them on DIPECHO managers, representatives from DPNet Nepal,
various issues and motivating the community to take up UNOCHA, MoHA, SCF, AIN and NGOs. ActionAid is
disaster risk reduction initiatives in the field. These contributing significantly to strengthening the DIPECHO
discussions will lead to the formation of REFLECT circles, coordination as well as national level coordination
application of PVA and formation of disaster towards building a strong DR framework in Nepal.
management committees to take forward participatory DIPECHO coordination in Nepal received high
risk reduction approach. appreciation from international community.
Upcoming key activities for September and October
PVA field application
Formation of REFLECT circles in the communities, strengthening community
Formation of disaster management committees
Providing technical field support to Practical Action in PVA application
Planning for joint ISDR day celebrations