IOM plans to train all 753 local level officials in Nepal on disaster risk reduction, management

Published On: August 14, 2021 05:10 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 14: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has planned a capacity building training for all elected representatives and officials of all 753 local governments of Nepal on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). The training seeks to enhance the local authorities’ capacity on DRRM that will greatly assist in the development, drafting or revision of local DRRM Acts and/or strategic action plans in the local context.

“Disaster Risk Management does not only curb losses from disasters but enhances the wellbeing and resilience of our communities,” said Sara Nyanti, the UN Resident Coordinator for Nepal, in her video message for the participants of provincial level training of trainers (ToT) for Bagmati Province organized on 10–13 August in Kathmandu.

“DRM is our collective responsibility and I look forward to the collaboration between the UN and all of you as we strengthen the capacity of our communities and systems to understand risk, mitigate the impacts of disasters and transform to more resilient, stronger, healthy and prosperous communities in the future,” she added. 

Previously, in March 2020, a five-day long national level training of trainers (NToT) was conducted to select 21 participants (6 female, 15 male) in Kathmandu. Following the NToT, 14 participants (4 female, 10 male) were selected based on the observation of performance during the NToT. Rescheduled refresher training, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was also conducted in February 2021 for the training schedules had to be halted, according to a press statement issued by the IOM, Nepal Office.

The selected 14 master trainers will roll out a total of 19 four-days long Provincial ToTs (PToT) across all seven provinces to the participants from Provincial Ministries, District Disaster Management Committees, District Coordination Committees, Local Levels and project’s implementing partners. Consequently, the participants from those 19 PToTs will conduct capacity building training at all 753 local levels together with staff from selected implementing partners.

Addressing the participants Joint Secretary of the Ministry for Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) Bishnu Gautam said, “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management can only be achieved when three tiers of the Government work together in coordination.”

“I believe these trainings contribute to the Government's strategic vision on disaster management which aims to build resilient communities with local level disaster management Act in all local levels,” the statement quoted as saying further.  

The training is part of the Promoting Action for Disaster Risk Governance and Working to Achieve Preparedness for Risk Reduction through Technical Assistance in Nepal (PARIWARTAN) project being implemented by the IOM under the leadership of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration with financial support of the USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance.

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