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Training and Capacity Building for Urban Resilience

Training and capacity building is a cross-cutting element that extends across the different components of disaster risk management (DRM). Policymakers, implementing agencies, local authorities, civil society organizations and everyone involved in DRM need to acquire  the appropriate concepts, tools and methodologies necessary to become informed and engaged contributors. We employ a participatory approach, which does not only involve formal training, but also knowledge transfer through participation in meetings, workshops, discussions, and sharing of experiences from different backgrounds.  Below are some examples of how we undertook this process and thus addressed the pressing gaps in the knowledge and skills of key personnel around the globe:

  • In Dhaka City, Bangladesh, stakeholders from various sectors were empowered to take part in the risk investment programming for the country. This led to building not just capacity, but ownership of the processes and the outputs of the program as a whole.
  • In Quezon City and Pasig City, Philippines, the capacity building exercises enabled the city governments to accomplish the following: establish a process to complete the Emergency Operations Plan; take ownership of the processes and outputs involved in formulating the City DRRM Plan; facilitate transfer of knowledge; and allow sharing of experiences among the stakeholders.
  • In Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, the RSLUP blended-training course, attended by officials from Kathmandu Valley, paved way for the formulation of the municipalities’ risk-sensitive land use plans.
  • In Mumbai, India, the development of the Disaster Management Plan for Greater Mumbai and standard operating procedures by all concerned agencies was spearheaded by the empowered staff of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

The effective and efficient implementation of the DRM programs require a set of competencies that would ensure that key people working in the field demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills in the performance of their jobs and in mainstreaming DRM in their day-to-day operations.

We strengthen the capacities of DRM professionals and practitioners to plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and manage policies and programs to build and improve the resilience of the locality to disasters, consistent with the Hyogo Framework of Action[1].

[1] India is among the 168 member countries of the United Nations that are signatory to HFA done during the World Conference of Disaster Reduction held in January 2005 in Kobe, Japan.

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