The iPrepare business facility at ADPC and Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) jointly organized a training of trainers (ToT) on Business Continuity Management in Lalitpur, Nepal from 14-16 March under the regional Asian Preparedness Partnership. The training was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Chaudhary Foundation and Center of Resilient Development (CoRD) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
Recognizing the pertinent challenges in a changing climate faced by the private sector and governments, the three-day ToT aimed to increase understanding and knowledge of business resilience, with a special focus on BCM among representatives from the private sector, government agencies and development partners/ local NGOs. 27 representatives (9 female and 18 male) participated in the three day residential training.
The technical component of the BCM training was facilitated by the iPrepare Business team with support from the ADPC Nepal Country staff who helped to contextualize the training as per the country needs. The training included introductory sessions on the concept of business resilience and experiences of iPrepare Business in promoting and utilizing BCM as a tool to enhance the resilience of business, particularly SMEs. The training guided the participants through key modules on BCM Background & Framework, Business Impact Analysis, Risk Assessment, Business Continuity Strategies and Exercise & Plan Do Check Act cycle while providing hands on experience of developing a business continuity plan through group exercises.
During the event, FNCCI shared their experiences in providing emergency relief during disasters in Nepal, while Chaudhary Group spoke on the 2012 fire accident that struck their facilities and how it led them to prioritize BCM principles in their organisation.
Wider context and background was provided through a Session on DRR & Management Act and DRR Strategic Action Plan by Mr. Chakara Pani Pandey, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home (MoHA). Furthermore, guest resource person Ms. Rhiza Nery of Philippines Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) also provided examples and experiences of bringing together the private sector for disaster preparedness and response including implementation of BCM as a tool for Business Resilience. By the end of the training, participants reflected on preparing action plans for the next six months by utilizing the key learnings from the training within and beyond their organizations and contextualizing the training material in the context of Nepal after the ToT.
The final day of the ToT was delivered by Mr. John Abo (Program Manager, Preparedness for Response & Recovery Department of ADPC) who provided important inputs on planning quality trainings and facilitation skills for delivering trainings by the participants on implementing BCM in the future.
Under the active participation and leadership of three key stakeholders- FNCCI, CNI and the Chaudhary Foundation, it is expected that BCM trainings would be rolled out within their own networks including suppliers and dealers in order to upscale BCM knowledge and skills in Nepal. APP, through its national chapter Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) would continue engagement and foster partnerships with the private sector network through further orientation programs and trainings in addition to providing technical support to businesses on continuity planning and management in disasters.
“This training was very useful to become more resilient. After this training, we will roll out trainings within our group with our own resources and will also develop business continuity plan.”
Merina Ranjit, Chaudhary Foundation
“We support micro enterprises in Nepal. This training will be very useful to develop business continuity plan from which we can be more resilient to future disaster shocks as well as can help each other during emergencies”
Rajan K.C., MEDEP/UNDP
“Earlier, we were just focusing in providing relief during emergencies. From now on, our priority will also be more resilient so that we can provide more support with efficiency in times of need.”
Madhav Mulmi, Assistant Director, FNCCI