Helping Bangladesh Better Prepare for Natural Disasters
Description: When it comes to natural disasters, few countries are as exposed as Bangladesh. From floods to cyclones and earthquakes, the country is among the most vulnerable worldwide.
Bangladesh's high population density means a relatively small event can immediately affect a huge population. In a bid to help communities better prepare for these recurring natural hazards, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Operations supported the creation of the National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiative (NARRI), a consortium which has become central to the country’s Disaster Risk Reduction policies.
Over the past six years, this group of dedicated aid agencies has been working closely with both communities and local authorities to help build a disaster-resilient Bangladesh.
Video by NARRI
06 Feb 2017
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Description: This video was filmed during the implementation of the IOM Development Fund funded project "Assessing the climate change, environmental degradation and migration nexus in South Asia", a regional project in Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives to provide an assessment of climate change, environmental degradation and migration dynamics based on which a Model Plan of Action for strategic interventions has been drafted. This will form the basis for a regional framework to address the challenges related to the migration-environment and climate change nexus in South Asia.
South Asia, comprising eight countries including Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal, is affected by a range of natural disasters including floods, glacial lake outburst floods, storm surges, droughts, cyclones and heavy precipitation. These disasters take a huge toll as they displace thousands of people every year. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that slow-onset and sudden-onset disasters will increase in severity and frequency, threatening lives and livelihoods across the region. To provide evidence to this issue and assess these trends, the International Organization for Migration has produced an assessment study on climate change, environmental degradation and migration in South Asia. The study contains a review of literature and policies, as well as findings from field research conducted in Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal. To ensure that climate migration is comprehensively addressed, the study also contains model plans of action ‒ developed after a consultative process at the national level ‒ that can be implemented.
The final report is available here: http://environmentalmigration.iom.int/assessing-climate-change-migration-nexus-south-asia
20 Jan 2017
Description: The Income Support Program for the Poorest is helping vulnerable rural populations in Bangladesh find a way out of poverty and access better healthcare. Through conditional cash transfers, this program aims to encourage mothers to use child nutrition and growth monitoring services to promote their children’s health and cognitive development.
22 Nov 2016
Description: There was a time when 70 percent of Bangladesh suffered from poverty. But the nation has made remarkable progress through innovative programs to promote solar power, education, equality, food security and health. Be inspired and watch how #ItsPossible to #EndPoverty.
14 Oct 2016
07 Sep 2016
Description: With our eleven commitments (http://buff.ly/2b5wMNt), we have focused on meeting people’s essential needs and developing solutions with and for those impacted; investing in local capacities, and putting people at the centre of the response through local and national empowerment and building community resilience.
Watch the video produced by ACT member Christian Aid which remember us that humanitarian action is first and foremost about humanity.
19 Aug 2016
Description: Since 2010, Concern Bangladesh’s DIPECHO (Disaster Preparedness ECHO) programme has been helping communities to prepare and protect themselves against natural disasters. Learn more about our work in Bangladesh: www.concern.net/bangladesh.
Produced by NARRI, a consortium of 10 international NGOs in Bangladesh, this video documents the work of three members of this consortium in the area of disaster risk preparedness.
Credit: DIPECHO programme/ NARRI partners communication staff/ Timothy Webster from Reelmedia.
17 Aug 2016
Description: Communities and families in the Khagrachari, Bandarban and Rangamati districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts, in southern Bangladesh have been struggling to sustain their livelihoods. Since mid-2014, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and ICRC's economic security programme has been helping these vulnerable families and communities to regain their capacity to cover their essential needs with dignity. The programme aims to develop sustainable agriculture, livestock and small business initiatives through cash grants.
21 Jul 2016
Description: In Bangladesh’s south-western district of Satkhira, residents face flooding so regularly that entire areas are waterlogged for months on end, severely affecting farming activities in the predominantly agricultural region. With no source of income, impacted populations are left with little or no means to meet daily needs or to maintain their day-to-day livelihoods. With an aim to reduce the vulnerability of the affected families and restore their livelihood resources, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has funded a project in the area. This project will enable communities to apply agricultural practices designed to enhance people's social protection, eventually opening the road to a better life.
Read more about other humanitarian projects in Bangladesh funded by the EU: http://bit.ly/1mrYqWG
Video by FAO
29 Apr 2016
Description: Approximately 20 years after initially coming to international attention, an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh – mostly rural poor – still drink water contaminated over the national standard.
15 Apr 2016
Description: Located near Bangladesh’s highly disaster-prone coast, the village of Hothkali was systematically flooded last year due to an overflowing canal nearby, making its inhabitants' life miserable for months on end. That is until one woman, Minoti Rani, decided enough was enough. Rallying the other women of the village, she started what has become an inspiring example of local communities coming together to better prepare themselves against natural hazards.
This exhilarating story was documented as part of the TV show Amrai Pari ('Together we can do it'), which visits communities in Bangladesh’s most vulnerable areas as they work to build up their resilience in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Funded partly by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and produced by BBC Media Action, the programme aims to both inform about these initiatives and inspire others by showcasing simple, low-cost solutions to everyday problems that can be easily replicated.
Read more about the humanitarian assistance provided by the European Commission in Bangladesh: http://bit.ly/1mrYqWG
Video by BBC Media Action
03 Mar 2016
Description: In Bangladesh, Morsheda lives in fear of the river. No matter how hard she works, every year the floods damage her home, leaving her and her children struggling to cope. Please join us and together, we can lift our global neighbours like Morsheda to safety this Christian Aid Week. To learn more or to give, please visit http://caweek.org
02 Mar 2016