COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to the global humanitarian sector. Individuals, organizations as well as networks are all effected by this directly or indirectly. There is a need to work together with governments, NGOs and other stakeholder to serve communities and complement the joint efforts in combating COVID-19.
Given the probability that the pandemic may last for an extended period, it is timely and imperative to discuss the behaviors, expertise and capacity both at individual and institutional level to facilitate humanitarian community in responding to the pandemic. The best possible way is to work together, build on the expertise of each other and jointly respond.
This webinar will bring together a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds related to humanitarian and development affairs to discuss how the current COVID-19 experience impact the future of the humanitarian sector with reference to coordination. It will provide an opportunity to:
Explore coordination aspect in global and regional policy dialogue on humanitarian landscape in COVID-19 context (Global Humanitarian Response Plan, humanitarian financing, IASC guidelines on Localization).
Identify case studies on different aspects of coordination in COVID-19 preparedness and response activities from International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI). These include strategic plans, action plans, challenges and best practices.
Facilitate exchange between networks themselves for good practices and lessons learned with reference to coordination.
The webinar will further engage its audience (panelists and participants) to explore:
What are the emerging trends/good practices in the space of coordination among NGOs that would continue even beyond COVID-19?
What are some Innovative ways to resolve coordination challenges during COVID-19?
How to ensure monitoring, evaluation, accountability, data and information sharing during COVID-19?
What are the associated challenges in terms of community engagement and risk communication?
How is stretching capacity within NGOs/CSOs in dealing with COVID-19 response and natural disasters?
What are some of the opportunities emerged for NGOs due to COVID-19?
What will the localization look like during new normal situation?
Cyclone Amphan that had formed at the south western Bay of Bengal and penetrated into the land area through western coast of Bangladesh and eastern coast of West Bengal snatched away 16 lives and caused a damage and loss worth BDT 1100 crore at 25 districts in Bangladesh.
Along with the other parts of the country, cyclone Amphan caused damages at Hatiya upazila also. Whole Nijhumdwip and some parts of Nolchira, Char Ishwar and Tamaruddin union ubder this upazila were inundated by high tides as a combined result of wind thrust and new moon. No casualty has been reported in this island, although around 3,400 hhs got affected due to high tidal inundation; around 75% of those are from Nijhumdwip.
The damage mostly occurred to the livelihood of the island dwellers. Around 120 acres of cropland got affected while around 1030 acres of fish culture water bodies have got damaged by either washing away the fishes or by intrusion of salt water into those water bodies. Besides, 52 cattle and around 900 chicken and ducks have been killed along with a damage to 10 tubewells and around 6000 trees at Nijhumdwip by Cyclone Amphan.
OVERWHELMING PANDEMIC, OVERWHELMED BY FATALIST MINDSET IN PAKISTAN
Pakistan is prone to multiple disasters. – drought, earthquake, landslide, flash flooding, epidemics, pollution, industrial, cyclones etc. Flooding has been the most frequent and wide spread phenomenon. This list has become longer since February 2020. Like all other countries, Pakistan is being hit badly by yet another calamity – COVID-19.
According to the Federal Flood Commission between 1950 and 2015, the country suffered from 23 super floods. The total economic loss was equal to USD 40 billion. At the time of writing this report, Pakistan has less than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, but the economic and social impact could be [massively] larger than all the past floods combined. Unlike other disasters, it has hit every person in every corner of the country though unequally. It has made the poor, poorer.
Reports show that unemployment, poverty; indebtedness and criminalization have already increased manifold and this may continue to rise in the coming months and years. Gender-based violence has also spiked. Due to a prolonged lockdown, the psychological health of large numbers may also be an issue. What must be feared the most in these circumstances is the occurrence of another disaster? A locust attack is already on the horizon.
CYCLONE AMPHAN OVER BAY OF BENGAL, NOW 700KM OFF BANGLADESH’S COAST
Super cyclone Amphan is now only 700 kilometers away from Bangladesh coastal area with wind speed rising up to 245 kilometers per hour (kph), Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a special bulletin. As of 9am on Tuesday, the cyclone was located at 845 kilometres southwest of Chittagong port, 795 kilometre southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 730 south southwest of Mongla port and 700 kilometre south-southwest of Payra port.
‘Amphan’ will pose a ‘dual challenge’ to Bangladesh as the country grapples to contain the spread of highly infectious coronavirus. It will be hard to maintain social distance at the cyclone shelters and if there is any asymptomatic patient, the situation will be disastrous.
A-PAD Bangladesh, CIS and DCH Trust team are ready to respond especially in Golachipa Upazila of Patuakhali district and Cox's Bazar region within short notice.
COVID-19 RESPONSE OF ADRRN MEMBERS: A SITUATION MAPPING REPORT
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China in late 2019, and within five months, it has affected 213 countries, areas or territories. As of 16 April 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 1,918,138 confirmed cases, and 123,126 confirmed casualties worldwide (WHO, 2020).
WHO declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020. It is now a global health crisis and most of infected countries are following social distancing, travel restriction and strict lockdown policy as prevention measures.
ADRRN members have been working hard to support people in need at this difficult time and have taken local initiatives to provide health and livelihood support to respective communities. This situation survey documents local initiatives and action taken by ADRRN member organizations in the region in supporting their local and national government to cope with this pandemic outbreak.
Almost 1 billion people live in mountain landscapes worldwide. For many residents of these regions, living with the impacts of multiple hazards, such as monsoon rainfall, earthquakes and landslides, is a day-to-day reality. The short- and long-term impacts of those hazards are often exaggerated by systemic risks resulting from socio-political concerns, including fragmented government, rapid population change, and global geopolitical interests. As a result, these hazards have recurring and disproportionate impacts on some of the most vulnerable members of society.
In this project, NSET and ADRRN examine how to use local knowledge and new interdisciplinary science to inform better decision-making and reduce the impacts of multi-hazards in mountain countries. We focus on Nepal, which experiences a range of hazards resulting from earthquakes and monsoon rainfall and is undergoing complex social, political and economic changes as it moves to a federal system of government.
Our project is grounded within long-term community-based work with rural residents in Nepal, and reflects their articulations of the need to make better decisions to reduce the risks that they face. It also builds on experience of assessing and planning for earthquake and landslide risk with the Government of Nepal, the United Nations, and householders themselves.
WEBINAR: REMOTE CRM AND COMMUNITY FEEDBACK MECHANISM
A key aspect of our shared commitment towards Accountability to Affected People is an organization’s ability to receive and handle complaints efficiently, safely and transparently. Community World Service Asia and Act Church of Sweden have collaborated on hosting a webinar on Remote Complaints Response Mechanism (CRM) and Community Feedback Mechanism in context of COVID-19 facilitated by Ms. Ester Dross, who is a specialist in the field of humanitarian accountability, complaints handling, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, gender and child protection.
The webinar will help in reinforcing participants’ awareness on the importance of setting up and maintaining an accessible, safe, and confidential complaints system, taking into account additional difficulties in reaching out to communities for awareness raising, but also for communities to reach out and report potential concerns or misconduct.
This two-hour webinar will also be an opportunity for sharing best practices among participants and on how organizations are managing programs in the current crisis, while maintaining high levels of quality and accountability and adhering to relevant standards, specifically the Core Humanitarian Standard, which is key for successful complaints handling.
NGOs URGE GOVERNMENT TO ENGAGE THEM IN EFFORTS TO TACKLE COVID-19 CRISIS
Non-government organisations have called upon the government to engage them in tackling the crisis caused by the outbreak of coronavirus, which is having far-reaching impacts on people, health and economy, especially on the poor and vulnerable communities across the country.
NGOs that have their presence in the grassroots level and always worked hand in hand with the government in disaster management should be incorporated in the activities for stronger coordination and greater reach, leaders of different alliances of NGOs said.
COAST Trust hosted a virtual press conference today, attended by the leaders of National Alliance of Humanitarian Actors, Bangladesh (NAHAB), Bangladesh CSO-NGO Coordination Process, Network for Information, Response and Preparedness Activities on Disaster (NIRAPA), Disaster Forum, Association of Development Agencies Bangladesh (ADAB) and Federation of NGOs Bangladesh (FNB).
The COVID-19 situation is extraordinary, unprecedented and overwhelming. Hence, it demands an extraordinary response from us while raising several questions. Some include: will the post-corona world be different? If yes, then in what way? Isn’t it true that the ruling elites have failed and failed miserably? Isn’t it true that non-governmental organisations too are failing to have a united response? Will corona act as a “great leveler”?
In my last column titled “COVID-19: The Beginning of the End”, I discussed the gigantic failure of the bourgeois states run by the champions of neo-liberal ideology. I also briefly mentioned the silence of the Western civil society. In this article, I will deal with the role of the civil society including NGOs and social movements in the making of the post-corona world.
LOCALISATION OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT: BRINGING TOGETHER THE SCIENCE OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT WITH THE ART OF COMMUNITY-BASED RESILIENCE
Almost all problems are best solved by involving the people affected by them in developing the solution. Evidence shows that innovations designed by, or with, end users are more effective and more likely to scale.
Local and national groups or organisations are often better placed to bring those affected by specific problems into innovation projects than international NGOs. They are more likely to be part of affected communities. They are more likely to understand the complex realities of people’s lives. They are more able to communicate in a way that is meaningful to people living through crisis. Yet very little innovation funding goes to these actors. Together with the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), we’re determined to change this, and in this blog we explain how.
Both ADRRN and Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF)are deeply committed to the power and potential of bringing together the science of innovation management with community-based resilience initiatives. We have partnered on this foundation to pursue what we call the localisation of innovation management.
Through our partnership, we are able to nurture the talent and ideas of local innovators by working with local and national organisations in Asia to develop solutions to locally defined problems. Together, our aim is to help local innovators flourish, with stronger national and regional systems to support more innovation in the future.
MERCY MALAYSIA’S COVID-19 STRATEGIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE PLAN
The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Malaysia on 25 January 2020. Following the spike of cases in March, the government of Malaysia and the Ministry of Health (MOH) are focusing on mitigation measures to curb the further growth of positive cases in the country through social distancing and movement control order (MCO).
Following the strained healthcare system due to the increasing number of infections by the virus, MERCY Malaysia launched its COVID-19 Pandemic Fund to supporting medical services and the essential needs of marginalised groups within the country.
This dedicated fund is to implement the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan - a plan for humanitarian assistance to be delivered within a continuous cycle of total disaster risk management that focuses on prevention; preparedness; response; and recovery. All aid assistance and deliverables are coordinated with MOH and the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), and the National Agency for Disaster Management (NADMA).
LESSONS FROM HAGIBIS - LEARNING TO COPE WITH INTENSIFYING DISASTERS IN THE AGE OF NEW NORMAL
Between October 6 until 13, 2019, an extremely strong and large tropical cyclone, Typhoon, caused widespread destruction across its path. It was the strongest typhoon to strike mainland Japan in decades, and one of the largest typhoons ever recorded in terms of its diameter. It was also the costliest Pacific typhoon recorded in history, causing a total of 15 billion US dollars in financial damage. This report examines some of these issues, and summarizes the lessons that can contribute to better preparedness for future disasters.
ADRRN will continue to convene the civil society engagement for the APMCDRR, with increased outreach along with GNDR, ICVA, national NGO networks, other NGOs and local CSOs in the region. This includes carrying out dialogue, resulting in effective mechanisms, modalities for collaboration with national networks in place in all the countries in the region.
In the preparation towards this year’s APMCDRR, we encourage ADRRN members, partners and other CSOs to support our planned activities for the event. We look forward to receive inputs and suggestions in the process leading to Brisbane and beyond.
30 INNOVATIONS LINKING DISASTER RISK REDUCTION WITH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
As we enter the new decade, it is becoming abundantly clear that greater commitment and accelerated action is urgently needed to help meet their commitments to combat climate change and reduce disaster risk. A transformation of this magnitude calls for new ways of thinking and operating, underscoring the need to promote innovation as a critical factor in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, including the Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The second volume of “30 Innovations” is unique in that it links disaster risk reduction with the Sustainable Development Goals and highlights sector-based DRR innovations. These innovations emphasize the multi-sectoral dimensions of DRR and remind us that only a transversal, collaborative approach will allow us to achieve our common objective of mitigating risks.
ADRRN AT THE ASEAN HIGH-LEVEL SYMPOSIUM ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT
The ASEAN High-Level Symposium on Disaster Management is to be held on 26-27 February 2020 at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia. The Symposium will provide a platform for discussions on disaster management in a cooperative framework by involving relevant experts from various background and bringing together top-level academia, practitioners and policy makers in the ASEAN region, as well as dialogue partners. The outcomes of the Symposium will further strengthen ASEAN’s policy direction and strategic engagements in disaster management.
ADRRN Chairperson, Dr. Amod Dixit is presenting in Panel Session 1 on “Understanding the likelihood of prevalent risks, political dynamic of particular hazard and disaster policymaking in South-East Asia”. Other Sessions include themes on Early warning system and effective disaster response operations through advanced technology and innovations (session 2), Strengthening community resilience and multi-stakeholders partnerships (session 3), Advancing disaster risk financing and insurance to enhance regional economic resilience (session 4), Sufficient recovery plan, rehabilitation and build back better strategy (session 5), and Bridging global and regional partnership on disaster management (session 6).
ADRRN will continue to be a leading representative platform with increased outreach involving large number of NGOs and local CSOs in the region. This includes the creation of effective mechanisms, modalities and partnerships in place in all the countries where ADRRN members are present to work with national and local networks.
For APMCDRR 2020, ADRRN has launched its campaign – Let’s Make the Decade Count, to support accelerating initiatives towards 2030. This campaign is designed to look into current and future modalities that support civil societies in making Asia as the most resilient region by 2030.
To support this campaign, a number of consultations and events will be hosted by ADRRN. This include:
1. Local leaders’ consultation and publication on local action and leadership
2. Consultation for the drafting of the Civil Society Group Statement
3. Participation in the Inclusion Reference Group to progress and provide technical input to the development of concepts, sessions and events at APMCDRR 2020.
4. Co-hosting the Humanitarian – DRR Nexus Session
5. Participation in other events, which include Spotlight Events, Partner Events, Ignite Stage and Marketplace.
2020 ASIA-PACIFIC MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (APMCDRR)
The 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) will be convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and hosted by the Australian Government in Brisbane, Australia from 29 June – 2 July 2020.
Attracting more than 3,000 delegates from over 40 countries, the APMCDRR is the largest gathering in the Asia-Pacific to progress disaster risk reduction efforts. Participants include ministers, government officials, representatives of the private sector, non-profits, civil society, and vulnerable groups. The theme for the conference is ‘Making a change: Accelerating the transformation to risk-informed development. Enabling local and inclusive disaster resilience’.
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBER – NORTH-EAST AFFECTED AREA DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (NEADS)
It is with great pleasure to report that we had unanimous consensus within our Executive Committee on welcoming North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS) to ADRRN.
NEADS is a volunteers centered grassroot development organisation founded in the year 1985 with a based at the village Dhekiakhowa, the district of Jorhat of Assam, the north-eastern region of India. Presently, the interventions of the society include disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and vulnerable livelihood, education and children, gender justice and development, working across in the nine districts of Upper Assam region.
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBER – HUMANITARIAN AID INTERNATIONAL (HAI)
It is with great pleasure to report that we had unanimous consensus within our Executive Committee on welcoming Humanitarian Aid International (HAI) to ADRRN.
HAI is a not for profit organization under the Indian Trusts Act, founded by a team of humanitarian and development professionals with a collective global experience of over 300 years. The organizational purpose is to establish a global aid institution founded and headquartered in India to extend effective and efficient humanitarian assistance and invest in sustainable and resilient development to eradicate poverty and hunger.
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBER – RURAL EMPOWERMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT (REPID)
It is with great pleasure to report that we had unanimous consensus within our Executive Committee on welcoming Rural Empowerment and Institutional Development (REPID) to ADRRN.
REPID is a non-profit, non-political, and non-religious and non-government organization registered in 2007 with the Government of Pakistan under the Social Welfare Act 1961. The organization aims to provide a peaceful environment to all human beings where they can utilize their potentials for Sustainable development. It involves general public, organizations and individuals and operates under Pakistani law without discrimination on the basis of religion, race, color, nationality and ethnicity.
QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT BOOKLET
Humanitarian standards related to Quality and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) have brought humanitarian actors one step forward in terms of principles and commitments towards the people they seek to assist. However, humanitarian field practitioners acknowledge confusion in the knowledge and the application of standards, and the sector recognizes the need for cultural and systemic changes to enhance Quality and AAP, including Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
As we shift towards a collective inter-agency approach to Quality and AAP – including PSEA, with common frameworks and more systematic measurement and verification at national or response-levels, it needs to be integrated into programming cycles, at both inter-agency and organizational levels, through a people-centered lens. This Booklet promotes shared decision making at all phases of the programming cycles which however cannot happen without a thorough review of the humanitarian organisations’ way of thinking and working.
Handbook for Loss and Damage Assessment - an ADRRN joint publication with Action Aid, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) with the support of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
ADRRN is known as the civil society voice of Asia and is part of every important regional and global forum. Its influence and reach is considerably enhanced through collaboration with national-level networks, global networks, regional multilateral stakeholders and UN agencies.
With a strong footprint in the region, ADRRN members are constantly engaged with local communities, strengthening their ability to prepare for disasters and managing its risks, creating awareness, advocating for policy changes and building resilience.
Today it is known as the civil society voice of Asia and is part of every important regional and global forum. ADRRN’s membership is comprised primarily of civil society organisations actively working in their respective national contexts. This includes 56 members across 22 countries.
This publication is a compilation of ADRRN members’ activities in the year 2019. These activities reflect our members’ commitment in achieving ADRRN’s Strategy 2030 - Transforming Asia to being the Most Resilient Region.
2019 ASIA – PACIFIC REGIONAL NGO PARTNERSHIPS WEEK - REPORT
ADRRN and partners have successfully conducted the 2019 Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnerships Week and its Annual General Meeting. Thank you to all ADRRN members, partners, friends, Secretariat team and Executive Council members. We look forward to an exciting, active and productive 2020.
2019 ASIA – PACIFIC REGIONAL NGO PARTNERSHIPS WEEK - PHOTOS
Held from November 26 - 29, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, this year's Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnerships Week 2019 was made up of series of interesting and critically challenging workshops, discussions, presentations and debates, and networking events.
2019 ASIA – PACIFIC REGIONAL NGO PARTNERSHIPS WEEK
The Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnerships Week is an annual event of interesting and informative series of workshops, presentations, discussions and networking events. 2019 is the fourth installation of the event, which has been organized since 2016 by its founding organizers namely Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA).
For the record, OCHA has been supporting ADRRN since its inception until today for 17 years. This year’s Asia-Pacific Regional NGO Partnership Week is made possible with the strong support from various partners, which include ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), SEEDS India, RedR, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Community World Service Asia (CWSA) and UNHCR.
ASIA-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION FORUM
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum was held on 12-13 November 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. ADRRN as the Civil Society Stakeholder Group representative attended the forum, bringing updates and voices from the grass-root level, sharing current status of disaster risk reduction progress in Asia-Pacific and discuss means to accelerate it. This is to support preparation leading up to the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).
For APMCDRR 2020, ADRRN has launched its campaign – Let’s Make the Decade Count, to support accelerating initiatives towards 2030. This campaign is designed to look into current and future modalities that support civil societies in making Asia as the most resilient region by 2030.
TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON QUALITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO AFFECTED POPULATIONS
The impact of humanitarian work on communities depends greatly upon the quality of services and accountability of actions both during times of emergency and non-emergency. With millions of people affected by disasters and conflicts, the importance of Quality & Accountability to Affected Populations is undeniable.
Therefore, enhancing collective Quality and Accountability is not an option for humanitarian actors and organisations. However, while implementation happens, both staff and organisations recognize that they face many challenges, and proper use of the existing relevant tools is still at stake.
As part of Community World Service Asia’s response to the demands for more support on awareness raising, capacity building and collective learning, we are delighted to announce the upcoming Training of Trainers on Quality & Accountability to Affected Populations. This event is a unique opportunity for all agencies, to equip staff to both disseminate and implement the standards.
ADRRN's member, Community World Service Asia is organizing a training on Advancing Women Leadership from November 24 to 29, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
There are more educated and driven women entering the workforce today than ever before, yet most organizations still struggle with retaining and developing women leaders. The time to change this trend and see the impact of gender parity in leadership is now.
A publication on disaster risk reduction and management, published by CDP, ADRRN Tokyo Innovation Hub, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, ELRHA, and with support from the Philippine Preparedness Partnership (PHILPREP) is now available online. Click here to read Starting Innovations.
MALAYSIAN TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROGRAMME (MTCP) 2019 TRAINING COURSE ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) was officially launched on 7 September 1980 at the 2nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM) in New Delhi, India, aims at providing technical assistance to participating countries. The programme consolidates various forms of technical cooperation in areas where Malaysia has the experience and the expertise. Annually, MTCP collaborates with its leading Training Institutions to conduct capacity building programmes in various key areas of development. Since its inception in 1980, more than 33,000 participants from 144 recipient countries have benefited from the various programmes offered under MTCP.
RAINWATER HARVESTING PIONEER GRADUATES BANGLADESH’S FIRST INNOVATION INCUBATOR AND WINS CONTRACT
“Save rainwater today to enjoy your tomorrow”
Eighteen months ago, Hasnine Zobayed Noman, a qualified electrical engineer, walked through the doors of Bangladesh’s first innovation incubator with the idea to improve rainwater harvesting for the country’s poorest families. Now, with his innovative water collection system up and running, Noman has won a contract with aid organisation, MERCY Malaysia, to provide clean water for a clinic serving Rohingya refugees.
For Noman, it has been quite a journey. He started out consulting community groups in four areas of the country - Habiganj, Cox’s Bazar, Korail in Dhaka and Khagrachari – about their access to this precious commodity. His findings were stark. High numbers of people he spoke to were suffering acute water shortage, waterborne diseases, skin conditions and arsenic poisoning. Residents of Korail – a large informal settlement area – siphon water from mains supplies because they have no other source, he discovered.
Noman set to work with innovation specialists from Udhvabani Lab, Bangladesh’s first innovation incubator, and water experts to tackle the growing problem of water scarcity and contamination. Udhvabani Lab is run by Dhaka Community Hospital Trust, which has a long track record as a healthcare provider treating illness and poisoning caused by unsafe water. Over a decade ago, the organisation released groundbreaking research about arsenic poisoning in river and ground water in certain areas of the country.
As an electrical engineer and keen entrepreneur, Noman, years before, had attempted to create a commercial water management system controlled by smartphone, but decided to turn his efforts to developing a solution for the poorest communities in his country. He realised huge amounts of rainwater was going to waste because the poorest households do not have the means to collect it.
The 2019 floods in Iran have killed 76 people and caused more than $2.2 billion in damages. From mid-March to April 2019, widespread flash flooding affected large parts of Iran, most severely in Golestan, Fars, Khuzestan, Lorestan, and other provinces. Iran has been hit by three major waves of rain and flooding over the course of two weeks, which led to flooding in at least 26 of Iran's 31 provinces.
A session on Innovations and Disaster Risk Reduction at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) will showcase the recent publication "30 innovations for DRR" developed by Tohoku University, Keio University, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, CWS Japan and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). It aims to share information about the most effective technology and innovations for DRR.
Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani is a tropical cyclone that has made landfall in Odisha, India and also threatening Bangladesh. The storm is India's strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years. The intense wind speeds touching 180 kmph and widespread flooding have caused extensive damage. Thousands of families are suffering and require urgent humanitarian aid.
The local government said that 10,000 villages and 52 towns in nine districts of Odisha are likely to be affected from cyclone Fani. As many as 223 trains along the Odisha coastline in the Kolkata-Chennai route have been cancelled due to cyclone Fani. Telecommunication lines got snapped in several parts of state capital Bhubaneswar and several other areas. Mobile towers were damaged and power supply was disconnected in many places.
ADRRN’s member, SEEDS is reaching out to 100,000 people in the most affected regions with safe drinking water, hygiene kits and medical camps. Click here for more details.
NSET'S EFFORTS ON RECONSTRUCTION - A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
A photography exhibition entitled NSET's Efforts on Reconstruction was organized by NSET from April 25 - 30 2019 at NSET Office premise. The main aim was to share experiences and showcase stories gathered during reconstruction activities of NSET through the USAID supported Baliyo Ghar program. Groups of visitors from government offices, municipalities, media, communities, rotary, DRR practitioners, teachers, students and NSET's staffs observed the exhibition and shared their reflections, experiences and ideas.
The exhibition commenced on April 25, 2019, the day to commemorate the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. The exhibition includes six major themes; Resilient Communities, Happy Families, Reconstruction Heroes, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Baliyo Ghar Program Activities among end users; and Inclusion in Reconstruction.
Gain first-hand experience working alongside professionals who are experts in the field of humanitarian, disaster risk reduction, sustainable development, climate actions and more. Here is a useful link to opportunities to serve vulnerable communities through some of ADRRN’s members internship program.
Current trends are reinforcing that disasters have multiple facets. Our approach must as well. India saw almost every type of hazard, except for an earthquake, in 2018. From flood to drought, heat and cold waves, lightning strikes, cyclones and even hailstorms, the wide range of disasters impacted most of the country. This multiplicity meant not a month went by without a disaster and their impact is growing more complex.
While this multiple event pattern is repeated every year, only a few really capture the public attention. Other risks continue to intensify under the radar. For at-risk communities and affected families, the interplay between dealing with poverty, climate stresses and natural hazards doesn’t have clear distinctions. Yet the discourse of disasters is still too often seen in isolation.
The Face of Disasters 2019 therefore takes a broader view to the issue, building on risk trends, interviews and experiences from the ground to capture its multiple faces. For the risks of the future will be different from the risks of the past. Recognizing this and preparing for the unknown will be key to building a safer and more sustainable world.
BRISBANE TO HOST THE 2020 ASIA-PACIFIC MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
Bangkok, 5 April 2019 - Australia will host the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), 23 to 26 June 2020 in Brisbane, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world and includes seven of the ten countries with the highest number of disaster-related deaths in 2018. The region is facing growing disaster risk fuelled by rapid and unplanned urbanisation, climate change and growing inequality. Australia is also confronting disruption and devastation caused by drought, bushfires, cyclones and, most recently, flooding.
“Hosting this conference will provide an opportunity to share Australian experiences as well as learn from our neighbours who face similar challenges, increasing our collective understanding of disaster risks. Working together will help us to save lives, minimise economic loss and ensure no one is left behind during a disaster”, said Senator Marise Payne, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.
2019 ASIA PACIFIC HUMANITARIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The 2019 Asia Pacific Humanitarian Leadership Conference will bring together leading humanitarian thinkers from around the world for three days to explore issues for humanitarian leaders in the Asia Pacific and fragile states.
Our attendees are humanitarian practitioners, academics and a range of staff and stakeholders from government, NGOs and the private sector. Over three days of presentations, workshops and networking, participants will engage with critical challenges and opportunities for the humanitarian system in the region and globally, in an increasingly complex humanitarian context.
The need for increased application of innovation and technology for disaster risk reduction (DRR) has never been greater in order to foster new development and implementation of more effective evidence-based approaches. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction encourages better access and support for innovation and technology as well as increased investment in DRR to develop new innovations that are both cost-effective and beneficial when applied in all disaster management phases.
30 Innovations for DRR includes the innovative products and approaches considered to be extremely effective and those that have already contributed to reducing disaster risks. This publication is collaborative venture by Tohoku University, Keio University, University of Tokyo, UN University, and CWS Japan. It will also be publicized at the Global Platform for DRR in May 2019, in Geneva.
CWS Japan has released a report on lessons learnt from Western Japan Floods. Titled "Six months since Western Japan floods: lessons from Mabi", this report summarizes the key findings of research done through a literature survey and field visits to Mabi between November 2018 and January 2019, after CWS Japan responded to a flood event in the town. It aims to study and understand important lessons from this flood disaster, focusing on the ten most important issues.
At least 73 people have died and more than 60 are missing in flash floods in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua. Roads have been blocked by landslides and fallen trees, and floodwaters have damaged two bridges and more than 100 houses. More than 4,000 people have been forced from their homes, and some are sheltering in government offices.
ADRRN’s chairperson, Amod Mani Dixit shared his concerns via his Facebook post:
"Deeply saddened by the news on the death toll in Papua floods in Indonesia, express condolence and compassion with the family members via our ADRRN members in Indonesia. The people and government of Indonesia have achieved record progress in localizing DRR and DRM in the past ten years - other nations learn from Indonesia. We hope that our brethren there will cope with the humanitarian crises, learn lessons and improve the level of preparedness and response capacities towards the multitude of hazard types Indonesia is facing".
Indonesia’s Agency for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BMKG) recorded a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in East Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara Province at a depth of 10-km on Sunday, 17 March 2019 at 2:07 pm. It was followed by another magnitude 5.2 earthquake after two minutes. According to BNPB, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Organization, the earthquake was strongly felt for 2-5 seconds, sending people in panic, and evacuating outside their houses.
There are also reported damaged houses. Two casualties reported are Malaysian tourists. This was due to a landslide in the area of Tiu Kelep Waterfall, North Lombok that was triggered by the earthquake. 44 others were reported to be injured. A total of 36 tourists (22 from Malaysia) were successfully evacuated from the Tiu Kelep Waterfall area. In addition, around 50 people were successfully evacuated from Mount Rinjani.
COMMUNITY INITIATIVE SOCIETY (CIS) AWARDED THE GRANT FOR GRASS-ROOTS HUMAN SECURITY PROJECTS (GGHSP) FROM JAPAN
On 7 March 2019, ADRRN’s member, Community Initiative Society (CIS) has been awarded a grant for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) from Japan. Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi signed the GGHSP grant contracts at the Embassy of Japan with Executive Director of CIS Mr. Md. Golam Mostofa.
CIS was awarded the grant for “The Project for Procurement of medical equipment to support displaced people from Myanmar and host community in Cox’s Bazar”. CIS, in collaboration with Dhaka Community Hospital Trust (DCHT), have constructed a healthcare center at Camp-15, Jamtoli of Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar with the aim of providing the refugee community with medical services.
Due to lack of medical equipment, CIS was unable to provide advanced treatments to the patients, especially women and children of the camp area. Upon receiving the equipment from GGHSP, CIS will be the first of its kind to provide ultra-sonogram, pathology tests and monitor cardiac conditions based inside the camp. Through this project, about 252,000 people from Camp-15 will be benefitted annually from CIS’s healthcare center for 24/7, free of cost.
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBER - SHELTER PARTICIPATORY ORGANIZATION
It is with great pleasure to report that we had unanimous consensus within our Executive Committee on welcoming Shelter Participatory Organization (SPO) to ADRRN.
SPO is a non-profit, non-government, non-sectarian, non-political and an independent social welfare organization, established in 2004. Registered under the Society’s Registration Act 1860 of the Government of Pakistan, SPO work for marginalized section of society with special focus on woman and youth.
WELCOMING OUR NEW MEMBER - ASIAN LOCAL LEADERS ORGANIZATION FOR HUMANITARIAN AID (ALLOHA)
It is with great pleasure to report that we had unanimous consensus within our Executive Committee on welcoming Asian Local Leaders Organization for Humanitarian Aid (ALLOHA) to ADRRN.
ALLOHA is independent national humanitarian and non-profit organization is dedicated to work for preservation of human and nature’s lives and dignity. The organization is registered with the department of NGOs in ministry of economy of Islamic republic of Afghanistan and its international secretariat is planning to be based in the Middle East.
"With new crises occurring and protracted crises increasing, 2018 was another challenging year for the humanitarian community. Unfortunately, this trend has become somewhat of a default setting over the past few years and we as humanitarians have had to adjust our own ways of working to ensure aid is delivered and national capacities to cope are strengthened".
The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, 2019, convened and organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland. The session will be co-chaired by Switzerland and UNISDR. It will represent the next important opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework related goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the last global gathering for all stakeholders before the deadline for achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework: to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.
THE 3RD ASEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON SCHOOL SAFETY ON 2-4 APRIL 2019 IN BANGKOK
ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) team in consultation with ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Member States will be conducting the 3rd ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety that will be held on 2-4 April 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The focus of the Conference is to provide a venue for advocacy, discussion, and learning exchange among stakeholders on DRR in Education and school safety in ASEAN. This 3rd Regional Conference will be focusing on the assessment of the region’s progress in school safety work and in sharing the discussion towards outlining the ASEAN regional perspectives, approaches, and strategies on school safety post-AADMER Work Programme 2016-2020 and ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020.
The format of the conference will feature the following events: plenary sessions, thematic sessions, ASEAN Schoo Safety Champion Awarding, and ignite presentation. Click her for more information.
CALL FOR APPLICATION - RAPID REVIEW OF DISABILITY AND OLDER AGE INCLUSION IN WASH AND GBV
Elrha is looking for an individual or organisation to undertake a rapid review of humanitarian interventions in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) and their inclusion of people with disabilities and older people. The selected candidate will produce a concise report on each sector to increase our understanding of this area of inclusion.
The deliverable will help Elrha to focus their support for innovation and innovative approaches that address barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities and older people. Download the Terms of Reference and visit Erlha's website for more information.
THIRD NATIONAL CONVENTION AND FIFTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF DiMaNN
The National Disaster Management Network of Nepal (DiMaNN) has organized two days training cum workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on 28th and 29th November, 2018 at Hotel Choice, Swayambunath, Kathmandu on the occasion of Third National Convention and 5th General Assembly. From this convention, 14 executive members from the representation of seven provincial states were elected unanimously. The convention also successfully declared the 14th Kathmandu Declarations on the issues of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
The UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award is awarded annually by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to an individual, group, or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the cause of refugees, displaced or stateless people.
MERCY MALAYSIA'S 2019 INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CONFERENCE
MERCY Malaysia's 2019 International Humanitarian Conference is part of its 20 Years Anniversary programs. The focus of the conference revolves around current humanitarian action trends and their implications for the people at the core of humanitarian work.
21ST NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON 'EARTHQUAKE RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT IN NEPAL' HELD IN KATHMANDU
Kathmandu, January 22, 2019 - Various experts and professionals have highlighted the collaborative and integrated roles and responsibilities of all three tiers of governments on disaster risk reduction and management efforts in the changed context of new federal governance structures. They were speaking at the National Symposium on “Earthquake Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal” organized in Kathmandu on January 22, 2019 on the occasion of 21st Earthquake Safety Day (ESD).
NEPAL OBSERVED 21ST EARTHQUAKE SAFETY DAY, PRIME MINISTER STRESSED ON RESULT-ORIENTED AND SUSTAINED EFFORTS ON DISASTER RESILIENCE
Kathmandu, January 16, 2019 - Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged all stakeholders to join hands for minimizing impending earthquake risks in Nepal. Addressing the National Meeting of 21st Earthquake Safety Day held in Lalitpur, Prime Minister Oli has re-iterated the commitment of Nepal Government to work together to enhance earthquake safety and help building disaster resilient communities in Nepal.
The Sasakawa Award recognizes individuals, organizations and initiatives that have best contributed to ensuring inclusive, accessible and non-discriminatory participation in disaster risk reduction activities for all sections of society, especially the poor.
ADRRN COMMUNIQUE ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT, LOCAL ACTION, AND INNOVATION
Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) members and partners, who have taken active role in formulating and implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR and WHS Agenda for Humanity, recognize increasing expectation from international society to take the lead in enhancing ‘adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change,’ stated in the Paris Agreement Article 7.
The Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments initiative was developed in response to the General Assembly resolution 68/211 (2013) and launched in the lead-up to the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March 2015 to support the development of partnerships at all levels to implement the Sendai framework.
PREPAREDNESS MEASURES AND EFFECTS OF CYCLONE USMAN
A tropical storm has left at least 68 people dead and 128,982 affected in floods and landslides triggered by the weather disturbance over the weekend in the Philippines. The death toll due to the storm, locally called Usman, is still being verified, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).