Preparing Nepal for effective and coordinated emergency response


The Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) in collaboration with Government of Nepal conducted an intensive five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on Preparedness for Emergency Response from 26 – 30 March, 2018. ADPC organized and facilitated the ToT with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Asian Preparedness Partnership initiative for strengthening response capacities of local actors in Asia supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Thirty representatives from across national and local government, academia, local humanitarian organisations and media came together in Sauraha, Chitwan to improve and build capacities on emergency response.  

The 5-day ToT is a key initiative which aims at addressing the gaps identified by the baseline survey, conducted during May – June 2017. The results of the baseline assessment highlighted gaps in capacity building in the areas of effective management of emergency preparedness and response, particularly in assessment, coordination and management of real time disaster information. 

Mr. Umesh K. Dhakal, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs delivering a session on Institution and Legal Framework of Nepal.

The curricula and methodology of the training was contextualized with respect to the disaster scenario in Nepal and key results from the baseline assessment report. During the sessions, participants developed operational plans for Assessment, Coordination and Information Management before and during emergency situations. In addition, interactive sessions on institutional and legal aspects for disaster risk management in Nepal, assessment procedures, coordination mechanisms and Information management during disasters were covered in detail. Participants were also provided with adult learning tips for giving effective trainings. 

In the concluding day, a simulation exercise was conducted based on the flood scenario in Chitwan to test the efficacy of their operational plans. An action plan was also drawn to roll out the trainings at the provincial level in the follow-up to the training. Recognizing the significance of this training in assisting national and local governments in developing comprehensive plans for mitigating and responding to disasters, participants acknowledged the apt scheduling of the training during the transitional phase of the decentralized federal governance model in Nepal.

Trainees participate in a ‘Coordination Game’ during the training.

“Earlier, I was working in the development field including supply of relief materials after any disaster. This training is very much useful not only in my work but also how I can effectively help other people to learn, coordinate with other stakeholders, effective assessment and information management”. 
Ms. Diva Kumari Pun, MILAN, Myagdi

“For newly elected officials in the local government like me, this training is useful about how we can effectively prepare for future disaster. Our municipality will roll out such trainings form its own resources.”
Mr. Santosh Mudvari, Ward Chairperson of Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City, Kailali

The national level trainings provide an opportunity to create a roster of identified experts and trainers which can be utilized for organizing trainings at the provincial level. ADPC team in Nepal has also developed a specific training curricula, which was tested during this training. The curricula will be revised on the basis of the feedback received for planning of province/district level trainings as per the roadmap of NPP.  

Participants engage in simulation exercise and group work for testing their operations plan.