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The World Bank, GFDRR and EMI held a Validation Workshop on the Yolanda Recovery Case Study (YRCS)

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The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), in partnership with EMI, organized a validation workshop for the Yolanda Recovery Case Study (YRCS) held on 27 August 2014 at the World Bank Office Manila, Taguig City, Philippines. The event was attended by representatives from various government agencies, inter-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and private organizations, which made significant contributions to the development of the YRCS. These representatives affirmed the analysis, findings and conclusions of the YRCS. By way of background, the YRCS was prepared to document lessons and good practices on the ongoing Yolanda recovery effort in the Philippines and aims to learn from, and not evaluate, the Philippine’s reconstruction initiatives and contribute to the global knowledge on disaster recovery planning. The YRCS will serve as an input to the Disaster Recovery Framework (DRF) Guide being developed by the World Bank and the GFDRR with the United Nations Development Programme and European Union that can assist governments in developing and strengthening policy and institutional frameworks for recovery by providing guidelines on (i) institutional arrangements to implement and manage recovery, (ii) policy, planning and prioritization for recovery, (iii) designing, costing and financing recovery, and (iv) monitoring and evaluation for disaster recovery. The YRCS will also provide inputs to the Philippine Government’s efforts to enhance existing policies and operational processes that can improve its readiness and capacity to recover from future disasters of similar scale and intensity as Typhoon Yolanda. The YRCS will be launched together with the DRF Guide and other country case studies on recovery at the 2nd World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2), which will be held at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 10 to 12, 2014.

Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation (GENDER) course now open for registration until September 12

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Recognizing the need for a gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction and management, EMI, in partnership with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), is scheduled to deliver the online course on Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation (GENDER) on September 15, 2014.

GENDER is a specialized course under the Global Distance Learning Program on Natural Disaster Risk Management. It contributes to improving knowledge of relevant policies, regulations, and tools for implementing gender-sensitive disaster management practices, mainly focusing on disaster recovery and rehabilitation.

This course is designed for disaster risk management professionals and development practitioners who want to acquire knowledge on gender-sensitive disaster risk management. Learn more about the course, see the GENDER Course Brochure.

GENDER will run from September 15 to October 15, 2014. The registration period will be until September 12, 2014.

Click HERE to register.

Individuals who are interested in enrolling for free may apply through the IUR Fellowship.

For more information, please contact Ms. Lalaine Bergonia, Program Facilitator at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Learn more about the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP)!

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BUERP Phase 2 fourth field investigation on August 16-22, 2014

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The Bangladesh Urban Resilience Project (BURP) Phase 2 will hold its fourth field investigation on August 16-22, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The objective of the field investigation is to complete the data collection process and consultations to finalize the Project Appraisal Document (PAD) and Annexes 1, 2 and 3, which are expected to be completed by the end of August.

The mission members will conduct Strategic Orientation Meeting on BURP with high level officials of national agencies namely, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MoLGRD), Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT), Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Health, Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD), Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Armed Forces Division (AFD), Police, Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakhaya (RAJUK), Dhaka City Corporations (DCCs) Executives, and Utilities Executives. The emphasis will be on the BURP Emergency Management System (EMS), i.e., Component A.  This component explains the rationale for investment, its linkages to the current EM system and to international standards and its added value to Bangladesh.

The field mission members will also have a Tactical Orientation Workshop on EMS with DCCs.  Target audience is composed of members of Disaster Management Committees, Disaster Management Response Groups, and Department Heads. Other core agencies (i.e. DDM, FSCD, RAJUK) are also invited. The objective is to operationalize Component A investment elements related to DCCs, assess capabilities, resources and develop most effective strategy for implementation of DCC’s related Component A3. A similar Tactical Workshop on EMS will also be conducted in Sylhet.

The EMI mission members are Dr. Eng. Fouad Bendimerad, Atty. Violeta Somera-Seva, Mr. James Buika, Mr. Brian Steckler, Mr. Ritche Van Angeles, Mr. Jose Mari Daclan, and Ms. Marivic Barba, who will be working with local investigators, namely, Dr. Mehedi Ansary, Mr. Mohammad Mesbahuddin, Dr. Ahmadul Hassan, Md. Nuruzamman, Dr. Ishrat Islam, Dr. Raquib Ahsan, Mr. Zikrul  Hasan Fahad and Mr. Abul Khair, and World Bank South Asia.

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