Validation Workshop in Cambodia
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Cambodian Humanitarian Forum (CHF) funded by USAID/OFDA, commenced in May 2012. The successes of this endeavor lead to launching of the program “Strengthening capacity of Government and Local Humanitarian Organizations on preparedness for response in Asia."One of the six selected countries for this program is Cambodia. This program is being coordinated by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and association with in country partners PADEK and NCDM.

The goal of the program is to improve the humanitarian response to disasters in Cambodia by strengthening the leadership capacity of NGOs to better engage in the humanitarian framework by providing knowledge resources, training, and mentoring. One of the main objectives of the program is to improve the emergency preparedness as well as response and recovery from disasters in Asia by strengthening humanitarian leadership and technical capacity of National Governments and local humanitarian organizations to lead and better engage in the humanitarian framework. The program will also help in improving the south-south knowledge and exchange between the stakeholders through inter-organizational coordination by engaging the Local Humanitarian Organization and institutions in the dialogues with the national governments and inter-agency networks.

One of the main activities under the program is the baseline assessment in order to assess the emergency response capacity, system and mechanism, and inter-agency coordination between the National, Sub-National, and Local Humanitarian Organizations in the six countries of South Asia and South-East Asia, namely, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Philippines to have an overall understanding of the humanitarian ecosystem in the region from the perspective of Capacity Building in order to create the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) in the region.

This workshop will present the finding of the Baseline Assessment on Disaster Preparedness and Response in 18 capital/provinces in Cambodia conducted in June 2017 via focus group discussion (FGD), key informant interview (KII) with NCDM, PCDM, DCDM, local NGOs, line ministries, UN, iNGOs, Cambodia Red Cross, Media, private sectors and academic institution, and field observation.