Building emergency response capacities of Local humanitarian actors

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Preparing communities and important stakeholders in emergency response planning, coordination and management is one of the key themes on which Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) organized a 3-day Training for province number 7 (Dhangadhi, Kailali) in Nepal. The Training on ‘Preparedness for Emergency Response’ was jointly conducted by NPP- the national chapter of Asian Preparedness Partnership with the Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city, Government of Nepal and FAYA Nepal- A Nepali NGO from 1 to 3 May 2018. 

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Mr. Prakash Shah, Minister for Internal Affairs and Law for Province 7 addressing the audiences.

Thirty-three participants drawn from the Government (both provincial and local) and representatives from local humanitarian organization network of four districts – Kailali, Dadeldhura, Doti and Bajhang in Province 7 of Nepal shared experiences and effective strategies on improving coordination mechanisms for disaster response. 
Inaugurating the training, Mr. Prakash Shah, Minister for Internal Affairs and Law from Province 7 addressed audiences in the opening session and highlighted the importance of capacity building initiatives at local level. He also expressed that Disaster Risk Management is a high priority of the Provincial Government considering the multi-hazard scenario of disasters in Nepal.  

The three-day intensive training covered presentations on country-level institutional and legal architecture for disaster risk management in Nepal including sessions on needs assessment, coordination and information management for strengthening emergency response capacities in the country.

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Mr. Nirpa B. Odd, Mayor of Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan city interacts with participants during the training.

In addition to availability of local trainers, Mr. Dharma Raj Pathak of FAYA Nepal and Mr. Santosh Mudvari of Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city facilitated the sessions during the training. Trainers developed through ToT approach in previous trainings, also contributed to further enhance capacities of participants. 

In order to address the gaps identified in the baseline assessment survey conducted from June-July 2017, the training program was designed keeping in mind the operational challenges, information coordination, real time information flow processes before and during emergency situations. Through extensive discussions during the three days, participants developed operational plans for addressing these gaps in better planning for emergencies. 

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Participants engaged in Rapid Assessment process during the Simulation exercise.

Further, a simulation exercise based on the scenario of Floods in Kailali, helped the participants to test their operational plans and better understand the elements to enhance coordination, proper assessment and information management between different stakeholders. 

The NPP has planned a series of provincial and district level trainings in line with the NPP roadmap developed under APP. This training is a first in a series of 10 planned trainings, with a target to create at least 250 trained human resources by end of 2018. Owning to the leadership of local government in organizing such trainings, these initiatives depict a strong sense of community ownership and sustainability of the programme.