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Enhancing Disaster Inclusiveness: DIPECHO VIII Project Formally Launched
August 25, 2015
On 13 August 2015, CARE’s Enhancing Inclusive Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh Project (DIPECHO-VIII) was formally launched.
An inception workshop was held at Kurigram Sadar Upazilla, targeting Upazilla Disaster Management Committee Members (UzDMC), Upazilla-level GoB officials and NGO Representatives. 45 people were present, including the Upazilla Parishad Chairman, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), and the Male and Female Upazilla Vice Chairmen.
CARE Bangladesh is implementing the project in all 8 Unions of Kurigram Sadar Upazilla under the umbrella of the NARRI Consortium. The project will run for 18 months (1 March 2015 to 30 August 2016), and is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).
The goal of the project is ‘To enhance the resilience of most at-risk groups to the recurring and escalating disaster risks by advancing the DRR institutionalization process in Bangladesh’.
The Specific Objective of the project is ‘To promote the standardized DRR Institutionalization models for mainstreaming into development’.
The project is expected to achieve four following results:
1. Community-based Disaster Preparedness is in practice among relevant stakeholders in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh
2. School-based Disaster Preparedness is adopted by relevant stakeholders and is in practice in educational institutes of Bangladesh
3. Promote resilient livelihood initiatives and institutionalize among relevant stakeholders
4. Advocate for disaster-resilient policies and practices in Bangladesh.
This project will work to facilitate the Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) and School Based Disaster Preparedness (SBDP) institutionalization model being rolled out in rural and urban areas of Bangladesh. The project will also facilitate livelihood groups to demonstrate resilient livelihood practices including tailored livelihood options for at-risk groups.
The inception workshop participants expressed their experience of disaster and emergency, especially in the Kurigram Sadar Upazila. They told that major hazards in Sadar Upazilla are flood and river erosion that are almost a regular natural phenomenon which we can’t prevent, but if the community is prepared then we can reduce the risk and minimizing the loss of assets. They emphasised the importance of collaboration between Government organisations and NGOs in achieving this, and assured their support in implementing the project activities.
Six cycles of DIPECHO action plans have already been implemented in Bangladesh; this is the first for CARE Bangladesh.

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