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[Infographic] How Public-Private Partnerships Between Telecommunications and Humanitarian Agencies Can Save Lives   Worldwide, 19.03.2015 - In preparation for their upcoming AIDF Asia: Aid & Response Summit, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released a Mobile for Development infographic, visualising the growing ubiquity of the mobile phone in the developing world, its uses in disaster relief and resilience and highlighting partnerships between humanitarian agencies and telecommunication providers. With 89% mobile penetration in the developing world, aid groups increasingly recognise that information and the ability to communicate are as important as physical aid. The infographic showcases the power of…
GRM Internationalin association with Channel Researchwill be hosting the annual 3 day Evaluation of Humanitarian Action (EHA) training workshop in Geneva from 9 – 11 June 2015. The aim of the course is to make evaluations more effective in contributing to the improved performance of humanitarian interventions and to enhance the quality of the evaluation process. The course is facilitated by highly experienced evaluators and trainers, Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave, who also co-authored the ALNAP guide. (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP)). There will be many opportunities for learning and exchange between participants.…
This week, some ten thousand people are gathered in Sendai, Japan, for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. In a well-attended session, the UN's new Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction was launched. The disaster response cycle, initially developed in the 1970s, prescribes that post-disaster reconstruction plans incorporate measures to ensure that the next disaster is better prepared for. Yet, the DRR community is now faced with calls for the disaster cycle to be replaced - “instead of putting disasters in the centre, we should focus on sustainable development". What makes this comment remarkable is that it did…
Chair Tom Mitchell, ODI Speakers Swenja Surminski, LSE Widening the benefits of DRM: From avoided losses to prosperity and co-benefits Stephane Hallegatte, World Bank Reducing background risk and unlocking innovation, growth and prosperity Emily Wilkinson, ODI Co-benefits of DRR investments Reinhard Mechler, IIASA Fiscal benefits of managing disaster risk This event aims to change the debate on how to incentivize greater investment in DRR by devoting more attention to the wider benefits of DRR investments that occur independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. A lively panel session will draw on preliminary study findings of a report entitled…
Speakers Mr. Puji Pujiono, (Regional Adviser on Disaster Risk Reduction ICT and DRR Division United Nations ESCAP) Mr. Ali T. Sheikh/ Ms. Kashmala S. Kakakhel (LEAD Pakistan/ Climate and Development Knowledge Network) Dr. Aditya Bahadur (ODI) Chair Dr. Tom Mitchell (ODI) This event provides an overview of the available tools for measuring resilience and outlines opportunities and challenges in their implementation to support the successful operationalization of the Post-2015 DRR framework. It is intended for governments and non-governmental organisations that are attempting to measure the success of DRR/resilience programs and policies.
Dear HPN members,           The Urban Floods Community of Practice (UFCOP) is holding an online dialogue on Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management from February 9 -20, 2015. During this online forum experts, practitioners and policy makers will explore cross-cutting solutions and innovative approaches in dealing with urban flood risk and discuss lessons learned from a wide range of projects and experiences across regions. Topics to be covered will include flood risk modelling, hazard monitoring, adaptive engineered measures, community-based disaster preparedness and “green” mitigation solutions. You are cordially invited to participate in this Urban Flood Development Dialogue and share your experiences and…
The Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) in Bangladesh is a good example of an efficient cyclone preparedness, warning dissemination and response system. The CPP is a collaboration between the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. It was established in 1972 by the Red Cross two years after a super cyclone that killed around half a million people. The CPP became a government programme in July 1973. The Standing Orders on Disaster of 2010, the National Plan for Disaster Management 2010–2015 and the National Disaster Management Act of 2012 guide disaster management in Bangladesh. These major…
Affordable housing experts have long argued that housing is ‘both the stock of dwelling units (a noun) and the process by which that stock is created and maintained (a verb)’.[1] They have also advocated for ‘supporting’ rather than ‘providing’ approaches: enabling families to upgrade their own housing situation through improved access to and management of land, finance, services, materials, skills and labour rather than the provision of completed houses.[2] Over 30 years after Ian Davis described shelter after disaster as ‘a process, not as an object’,[3] process- oriented approaches to post-disaster housing are still rarely implemented on the ground.[4] From…
The humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan demonstrated that the concept of accountability to affected people (AAP) is firmly established on the agenda of humanitarian agencies.[1] It also showed that agencies could still benefit from better practical ways to achieve it in practice. Within the first month of the response, a number of major initiatives had been launched, including establishing an IASC AAP Coordinator position, building accountability activities into the work plan of the Humanitarian Coordinator and individual agencies deploying specialist staff and developing accountability activities. The operating context in the Philippines created genuine opportunities for enhancing accountability to affected people.…
The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) aims to promote a system-wide ‘culture of accountability’ within humanitarian organisations. A systems approach to AAP – including Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) – should, in theory, increase the impact of individual agency efforts, offer resource efficiencies and provide more coherent and accountable services to the people the system seeks to assist. The declaration of a Level 3 emergency in the Philippines in late 2013 presented an opportunity to test this theory in practice. Following the declaration, an AAP coordinator was deployed (the first such…
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