Regional: Support to Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Southeast Asia

Sovereign Project | 47228-001

Summary

The TA will support implementation of innovative ideas and scaling up of community-based disaster risk management interventions through small grant subprojects designed to provide valuable direct assistance to local governments and civil society organizations engaged in community-based and gender focused DRM. Depending on the topic of the subprojects, the TA will encourage strengthening partnerships with regional centres for excellence on disaster risk management. Results of such interventions are expected to encourage greater participation of communities in DRM; increase engagement of local authorities and civil society organizations in strengthening community resilience; and greater investment in regional or trans-boundary community-based disaster risk management. The TA will also support peer-to-peer learning among grassroots organizations, women's groups, civil society organizations and local governments on community-based disaster risk management.

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Project Name Support to Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Southeast Asia
Project Number 47228-001
Country Regional
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8570-REG: Support to Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Southeast Asia
Integrated Disaster Risk Management Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA: Support to Community-Based Disaster Risk Management in Southeast Asia
Integrated Disaster Risk Management Fund US$ 500,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development - Irrigation

Public sector management - Social protection initiatives

Water and other urban infrastructure and services - Urban policy, institutional and capacity development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The TA will support implementation of innovative ideas and scaling up of community-based disaster risk management interventions through small grant subprojects designed to provide valuable direct assistance to local governments and civil society organizations engaged in community-based and gender focused DRM. Depending on the topic of the subprojects, the TA will encourage strengthening partnerships with regional centres for excellence on disaster risk management. Results of such interventions are expected to encourage greater participation of communities in DRM; increase engagement of local authorities and civil society organizations in strengthening community resilience; and greater investment in regional or trans-boundary community-based disaster risk management. The TA will also support peer-to-peer learning among grassroots organizations, women's groups, civil society organizations and local governments on community-based disaster risk management.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Natural hazards continue to cause significant loss of life and property in Asia and the Pacific. The picture becomes even bleaker when one takes into account impacts of disasters on the local communities, trapping large numbers of people into a cycle of poverty and disaster as livelihoods are set back again and again. Thus it is essential to manage disaster risk at the local level, involving the communities in planning, implementation and monitoring of interventions. It is also necessary to have an enabling environment to support community-based disaster risk management, through policy and legislative frameworks; incentives; information management systems; and capacity strengthening of both communities and technical line agencies at the local level. Accordingly, the Yogyakarta Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in October 2012, calls on disaster risk management stakeholders to build community resilience by replicating and scaling up successful community-based disaster risk reduction initiatives. So too, the Work Program of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), aims at supporting community-based approaches on disaster risk management through its flagship programme on prevention and mitigation.

Community-based disaster risk management is not new to the region. However, in practice it has often been limited to stand-alone pilot projects focusing on improving community preparedness and response capacity, and has not necessarily embedded disaster resilience within wider community-based development interventions. Thus, moving ahead, it is essential to engage risk-prone communities in a dialogue with government and civil society organizations engaged in local development; and to jointly identify root causes of disaster risk, prioritize actions, mobilize resources, and undertake implementation. Such participatory process can help identify innovative solutions to complex issues, often in the case of natural hazards crossing administrative boundaries and sectors; establish partnerships to scale up implementation; empower vulnerable populations; and improve accountability.

The Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRM) Fund, established by ADB, has prioritized support for innovative regional solutions on community-based and gender focused disaster risk management that adopt a participatory approach; have high demonstration value; have good potential for replication and scalability; and engage strongly with the civil society. This R-CDTA is proposed to be supported through the IDRM Fund and will support the implementation of innovative ideas and scaling-up of regional solutions on community-based and gender-focused disaster risk management in Southeast Asia.

Impact Increased demand for investments on strengthening disaster resilience at community level in selected Southeast Asian DMCs.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Access to and use of community-based and gender-focused DRM knowledge by local governments and civil society organizations in selected Southeast Asian DMCs
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Community-based DRM interventions in selected Southeast Asian DMCs

2. Knowledge sharing of innovative solutions on community-based DRM

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Arghya Sinha Roy
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division SDCD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Aug 2013
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 09 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Sep 2013

TA 8570-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Dec 2013 - 09 Dec 2013 29 Feb 2016 31 Dec 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,000,000.00 09 Dec 2013 130,541.48

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Activities

23 June 2014, Bangkok - Regional Workshop on Strengthening Community Resilience in Southeast Asia

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Workshop participants in Bangkok emphasize the urgent need to strengthen community resilience by addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability through community-driven development action and by building on existing knowledge and practices within the communities.

More than 60 representatives from government and United Nations agencies, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society and grassroots women’s organizations, and the private sector attended the regional workshop, which was organized under the technical assistance project, TA 8570. Participants shared experiences and approaches on the following areas:

  • innovative solutions for strengthening community resilience,
  • scaling up of interventions on community resilience, and
  • peer-to-peer learning on community resilience.

The workshop also provided guidance on the subprojects that would be implemented under the TA, and the design of the planned regional review on policy and practice supporting implementation of interventions to strengthen community resilience.

The key recommendation of the workshop was that urgent action is required to strengthen community resilience as large numbers of people continue to be affected by natural hazards and economic losses continue to rise. This action should be undertaken in the context of wider community-driven development, addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability through development actions, building on existing knowledge and practices within the communities, and scaling up measures to address the increasing and diverse nature of risk.