CWS Is Supporting Community Inclusion in Disaster Reduction Policy Advocacy

CWS Myanmar | November 26, 2019

    Views from the Frontline Myanmar Focus Group Discussion. Photo: CWS

    Views from the Frontlines interview in Myanmar. Photo: CWS

    Views from the Frontline is an initiative to support inclusion of local perspectives and voices in disaster reduction and response policy making. The project’s first survey and report were in 2009. Ten years on, the 2019 edition continues as a 50-country independent global review of disaster reduction efforts, successes and lessons learned. Views from the Frontline 2019 aims to bring together more governments, more at-risk people, and more civil society groups in developing and improving risk reduction policies and practices.

    In both Myanmar and Cambodia, CWS serves as National Coordinating Organization for the 2019 effort. CWS oversees community organizing for information | data collection and analysis validation and dissemination. National Advisory Committees with leaders from local non-government organization, education and research institutes and the private sector (where possible) provide guidance.

    In Myanmar, the Lanthit and Asoka foundations administered 1,200 surveys in February and March (2019). The foundations’ teams surveyed 15 communities in Ayeyawaddy and Bago regions based on agreed risk factors. Poverty levels, unemployment rates and hazards were factors in the community selection process. Next steps involved alignment with global information | data collection and basic analysis … followed by trends analysis.

    Now, 50 participating countries are holding community workshops to set priorities and action plans based on findings. National stakeholder workshops will follow to disseminate consolidated findings and develop recommendations. Already, Views from the Frontline 2019 has given voice to communities by documenting their opinions. The final phases will elevate their voices for national consideration before concluding in 2020.

    (For more information please contact mpannell@cwsglobal.org)

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