Down the years, Indians have devised ways to fight disasters and save lives, property and livelihoods simply by working together as communities, making intuitive use of the resources at their disposal and using traditional wisdom to put the bravest defence up before help from state machineries arrive. Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) is rooted in a similar idea of communities assessing their vulnerabilities and capacities and creating systems that increase their resilience to disasters and help them act swiftly and effectively when the situation demands. Institutionalising sustainable CBDRM practices extends technical knowledge and training to communities to help them streamline and organise these practices better. Though CBDRM practices have proven to have saved lives and property during disasters, the process demands more meaningful policy action and government involvement to be accessible to more Indians in need. In a bid to aid and expedite the process, SEEDS partnered with the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and worked across India to create models of sustainable institutionalising of CBDRM. The project was funded by USAID/OFD. SEEDS worked with various local partner organisations to help communities create and implement processes that would help embed CBDRM practices in their lives and local governance mechanisms.
CBDRM: All Your Questions Answered
How can communities in India embrace CBDRM practices and how does institutionalising these processes help them? How can CBDRM practices be financed from existent development schemes being implemented by the government? How can various actors — communities, civil society organisations and the government — act together efficiently to ensure lives and property are protected during disasters? We have the answers.
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Interview with Dr. Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS
Institutionalising sustainable CBDRM requires an acute understanding of the political and cultural ecosystem of the community one is working with. Dr Manu Gupta, co-founder of SEEDS explains in this interview how CBDRM practices have empowered everyone from children to homemakers across India. He also outlines the various ways in which businesses and civil society organisations can get more involved in the process of institutionalising sustainable CBDRM. Click to read the interview
From Delhi To Bihar, How Communities Became Battle Ready For Disasters
Disasters wipe out economic gains and in a country like India they often leave trails of destruction that take years to heal. Institutionalising sustainable Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), therefore, is crucial to making sure the country’s development gains continue to thrive and benefit people. Two projects SEEDS undertook in Delhi and Bihar can provide answers to a lot of India’s disaster and development related woes. Click to read the interview
How Delhi’s Children Were Trained To Act As A Community And Help Each Other During Disasters
What is a ‘community’ and how can you turn a group of people into a thriving community that looks out for its members and cares about its own welfare? The Honeywell Safe School programme implemented by SEEDS is a heartwarming example of children making governments, civil society organisations and people come together to work towards a common goal. Click to read the interview
How Can Governments Help Integrate CBDRM With Development Schemes?
The essence of Community Based Disaster Risk Management is making communities resilient against disasters and proactive action from governments can make a world of difference. Here are some examples and suggestions. Click to read the interview