While it is still quite rare for non-government organizations and private companies in Japan to partner on development projects, starting with baseline assessments of needs and opportunities, CWS Japan Board and senior staff believe that such partnerships, and joint assessments, can help ensure stronger programming by bringing together key strengths from NGOs and private companies. After a positive experience working together with the CWS team in Vietnam, CWS Japan staff joined colleagues from Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd. recently for another needs assessment – this time Pakistan in anticipation of a new disaster risk reduction program to be initiated there with Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs support. The mission included a field visit to Sindh Province as well as organizing disaster risk reduction educational training for government representatives, university lecturers, and local NGO workers. To promote expansion of such multi-sectoral partnership, the idea be highlighted at this year’s Asian Ministerial Conference for DRR (AMCDRR) in Mongolia in July, where CWS Japan Country Representative, Takeshi Komino, will be engaged in the advocacy initiative among other cutting-edge disaster risk reduction and management issues.
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