Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Manual on inclusive disaster risk management

Widening effective participation of people with disabilities in community-based disaster risk management – that is the mission of this project run by Malteser International and local partners in Vietnam.

“Relevant decision makers need to be aware of inclusive disaster risk management.”

About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Community based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
Organisation:Malteser International
Country
of origin
Vietnam
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Empowering, capacity building, awareness raising, removing barriers

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Pilot project implemented in 47 villages in Quang Nam province
  • Government is considering applying the scheme in 6,000 particularly affected communes in Vietnam to improve inclusion of disabled persons

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Vietnam is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the Mekong region. People with disabilities are one of most the vulnerable groups of the population for many reasons including the consequences of war (e.g. injuries and agent orange).

PROJECT

A manual on inclusive community-based disaster risk management was created to complement the national project of ‘Awareness Raising and Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRM)’. A pilot project was launched in 47 villages in 6 communes of 3 districts of Quang Nam province.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

The key lessons learnt are as follows:
• Relevant decision makers need to be aware of inclusive disaster risk management
• Strong disability change agent needed in each village
• Capacity building and empowerment of persons with disabilities and care givers prior to CBDRM mainstreaming process
• Consideration of removing barriers to persons with disabilities in CBDRM mainstreaming activities

In the next two years, Malteser International and DPOs will:
• Continue collaborating with National Disaster Management Center to train their master trainers
• Organise awareness-raising workshops for various interministerial government staff and national media staff
• Collaborate with other members in the Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network to advocate for disability inclusion

Persons with disabilities, members of village DRM committee, participate actively in commune meeting to develop commune DRM plan_MalteserIn the villages a strong disability change agent is involved in the decision-making process. (Photo: Thuy Phuong/Malteser International

CONTACT

Ms. Mai Thi DUNG EXPERT VOTING
Malteser International
48 Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, Vietnam
+84-511-913-431153
dung.mai@malteser-international.org
www.malteser-international.org

EXPERT VOTING

voted   
Top marks from:
• all voters
Top marks for:
• access to services
• targeting the Global South
• targeting the deaf

Nominated by: Malteser International

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