Expression of Interest(EOI) by Knowledge Links and Huairou Commission

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Inputs for Post 2015 Framework
for DRR (HFA2) from the Asia
Pacific Region

Expression of
Interest(EOI) by
Knowledge Links
and Huairou
Commission



20 September, 2013




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Contents

Consortium Profile

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Consortium Strength

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Background

and Perspective
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CVs of Proposed Team Members

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Expression

of Interest by Knowledge Links and Huairou Commission

Inputs for Post 2015 Framework for DRR (HFA2)

from the Asia Pacific Region


Knowledge Links, India in association with Huairou

Commission, New York submits its
expression of interest
to document the achievements and learning of the implementation of
the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA1) in Asia Pacific and to prepare the region’s inputs for
the Post
-
2015 Framework for DRR (HFA2)
in response to the related call from UNISDR Asia
Pacific Office.

We propose to make our contribution with specific reference to the following two key areas
and questions:

1)

Building community resilience


turning vulnerability into resilience

Key question
:

W
hat actions are required to build the resilience of communities?

2)

Women as a force in resilience building, gender equity in DRR

Key question
:
What are the measures required to facilitate an enhanced role for different
groups of women in DRR and resilience building?

Both these areas and key questions are intimately linked and there is emerging evidence to
the effect that women and their grassroo
ts organisations in the Asia Pacific region are
already in the process of making substantial contribution to resilience building at the
community level. We believe that their experiences and insights would offer critical and
valuable inputs into the proces
s of developing a Post
-
2015 HFA II framework.

Consortium Profile

Knowledge Links (KL)
and
Huairou Commission

carry a combined work experience of 30
years on
community resilience building with focus on women empowerment
. Both partners
have a focus on
building the ca
pacities of at
-
risk communities by

working on a community
empowerment approach
aimed at positioning grassroots groups of
women

and their
leadership as the cornerstone of resilience building efforts
.

Knowledge Links (KL)

specialises in
large
-
scale country wide studies; applied/formative
research; and the design and operations of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and
knowledge management systems. Registered on May 21
st
, 2001, KL has a core competence
in the area of social development, with
a focus on DRR/CCA,
water supply and sanitation,
sustainable livelihoods and health.

Knowledge Links has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including governments,
donors, civil society organisations and communities in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia,
Pakistan and Cambodia in recent years.


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Some of our recent work
experience
include
s
:



Preparing a countrywide long term training and capacity building strategy for
disaster risk mitigation under the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, a study
commissi
oned by National Disaster Management Authority and funded by the World
Bank. This study is being done in collaboration with Seeds Technical Services. (on
-
going)




Designed and carried out a series of capacity building interventions in five provinces
of Camb
odia to build the capacities of local governments and civil society partners
for undertaking community led total sanitation (CLTS) in the country on scale under
United Nations’ Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) initiative. (2013)




Carried out a study to assess
the impact of the national sanitation strategy of
Indonesia in order to assess the impact of the community led total sanitation (CLTS)
component of the strategy. This involved intensive and extensive interaction with
local governments, civil society organi
sations and communities in West Java, South
Sumatra and East Tenggara Timor (ETT). (2011
-
12). Findings of the study are being
used to re
-
design the national sanitation strategy of Indonesia.




Study on ‘Views from the Frontline 2011’ on local risk governanc
e supported by
Global Network of Disaster Reduction (GNDR)




Helped develop Afghanistan’s National Policy on Water Supply, Sanitation and
Hygiene 2010. Carried out consultations with a range of stakeholders including
communities, civil society organization
al, concerned government ministries and
departments for evolving a bottom up policy perspective on WASH.




Worked on the India chapter for the study “A Review of Gender Issues in Disaster
Risk Reduction (DRR) in India and Sri Lanka” in collaboration with Pr
actical Action
.

This study was commissioned by UNISDR

and carried out
in 2010.





Implementing partner of an innovative national pilot called Community Disaster
Resilience Fund (CDRF), implemented in 88 rural communities across 8 states in India
(2010
-
2011)




A multi country research project on Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) fund
ed
by DFID and carried out and managed by Institute of Development Studies (IDS),

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S
ussex, UK (2008)


Huairou Commission

is a global coalition that empowers grassroots women’s organizations
to enhance their community development practice and exercise collec
tive political power at
the global level. Driven by grassroots women’s organisations from around the world, the
members and partners of the HC believe it is in the best interest of local communities and
grassroots women to expand their participation and le
adership in community development
work on the issues that affect their daily lives. HC members agree that grassroots women’s
participation in local to global decision
-
making is a reliable route to achieving gender
equitable, pro
-
poor policies and investmen
ts. HC is structured as a global membership
coalition of women’s networks, NGOs and grassroots women’s organisations in more than
50 countries.

For over a decade, HC has run a Community Resilience Campaign. Campaign members are
grassroots groups, NGOs, pol
icy makers and local governments who use the HC’s thematic
campaigns as collective organising spaces in which grassroots women can lead the
demonstration and transfer of practices within and across countries and leverage their
constituencies and robust pr
actice base to negotiate with decision makers. Member
network GROOTS International, a global network of women led grassroots organisations
leads the HC’s Campaign on Community Resilience.

Observing that local grassroots women’s groups are underappreciated

and underfunded
despite being large
-
scale, widespread and highly effective actors in community
development,
HC places an emphasis on ensuring that the efforts and the priorities of
grassroots organizations are made reflected in policymaking processes. Thu
s, this policy
paper will also reflect this emphasis to ensure that the voices and concerns of large
constituencies of poor women and men are included in the discussions on 2015 along with
the views of other key stakeholders


local and national government
s.

In 2007, HC was invited to build a global Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience, …

On behalf of the Community Practitioners Platform for Resilience, HC recently completed
action research included survey and focuse

group discussions with 603 community
respondents and local and national government officials from 7 Asian countries co
-
funded
by UN ISDR.

In addition, HC is represented on the UN ISDR’s Global Adisory Group on Post
-
Hyogo and
thus is in a position to advo
cate for key priorities from the Asian region in this Group as well
.

Consortium S
trength

Knowledge Links and Huairou Commission carry complementary experience and skills and

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are in a position to make substantive contribution to the proposed documentation. While
Knowledge Links has an extensive experience of working on community led change
initiatives in the Asian region including DRR related research and work in India, Huairou

Commission has an on
-
going partnership with a large number of grassroots groups of
women and civil society organisations in the Asian region including countries in the Asia
Pacific region.

Moreover, w
hile Knowledge Links carries the experience of interact
ing very closely with
country and local governments across countries in Asia (Afghanistan, Cambodia, India,
Indonesia, and Pakistan), HC at global level has built partnerships with a cluster of global
policy makers and donors who are committed to the goals

of supporting community and
women’s leadership in resilience building. Some of these agencies include MFA, Norway,
SIDA, UN ISDR, UN Habitat. At country level member organizations have also built strong
relationships with local and national governments, g
aining legitimacy and recognition for
their on
-
going efforts.

Background and P
erspective

In 2009, Huairou Commission along with GROOTS International was invited by UNISDR to set
up a Community Practitioners Platform (CPP) for Resilience in order to bring
the voices of
locally focussed communities into policy debates at UNISDR. Huairou Commission, on
behalf of CPP, has recently carried out an action research across seven Asian countries
(Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and V
ietnam), whose findings
are put together in the form of a report titled ‘What Communities Want: Putting Community
Resilience Priorities on the Agenda for 2015’.

As per this report, ‘In terms of defining resilience, communities regard three factors as
cruc
ial to building community resilience. These include an informed constituency base
organised for collective action; a body of knowledge and practices that enables them to
combat the effects of disaster and climate change, particularly with regard to livelih
oods;
and government
-
community partnerships to enhance accountability and responsiveness to
communities.’

The findings of this action research reaffirm the critical role and importance of grassroots
groups of women and their leadership in advancing commun
ity resilience to disaster and
climate change. Women have emerged as the major actors in reducing vulnerabilities and
enhancing community’s capacity to cope with disasters and climate change impact.


CVs of Proposed
Team Members


CV
01

Nisheeth Kumar


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Nishe
eth Kumar
from Knowledge Links
carries around 25 years of work exper
ience in the
development sector

with focus on capacity development

and knowledge management

issues
across sectors

with gender equity and inclusive, resilient and sustainable
development as his core concerns
.
Most of his work involves engaging with policy makers
and decision makers within governments and development aid agencies
, as also with the
concerned communities

on the ground
. In recent years, h
e has been involved in community
led change initiatives in disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA),
water and sanitation and health

and related policy advocacy
.


He has been trained in gender policy
and analysis at the Institute of Development Studies
(IDS), Sussex.

He is the founder member of the Alliance for Adaptation and Disaster Risk
Reduction (AADRR), the largest civil society network in India with more than 200 NGOs
working on DRR and CCA initi
atives on the ground in India.

His recent work experience has been in
India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka,
and USA
.
He coordinated the research in India for mapping gender issues in DRR in the
South Asian region for a study carried out by Pr
actical Action for UNISDR in 2010.
As one of
the team members, he is currently engaged in preparing a long term training and capacity
building strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in India.

CV 02


Mohan Sajnani

Mohan P. Sajnani from Knowledge Links
carries an experience of more
than
35 years in the
government sector with more than 10 years in core disaster management areas. He played a major
role in d
eveloping
institutional

and legal framework at national level
for disaster management

in India. During his tenure with the G
o
vernment of India as Director, Disaster M
anagement
in
the Ministry of Home Affairs,
he was associated with
conceptualization, formulation,
dra
fting, and enactment of Disaster Management Act and
National Policy on Dis
aster
Management
.

His work also involved d
evelopment of
d
isaster
m
anagement strategies at micro levels and
linking that with national priorities

as well as aligning disaster m
anagement p
lanning
processes with ground realities involving multiple
stakeholde
rs
. As
the coordinator for the
Disaster Risk Mitigation (
DRM
)

program
me

of GOI and UNDP he was involved in
the
development
and execution
of
programme implementation strategies
.

He has also worked as consultants to various national a
nd international organi
sations
including World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP,
Asian Disa
ster Preparedness Centre (ADPC)
. He has
worked in more than 20 states in India during various projects. As a consultant to UNDP he
has review
ed disaster management (
DM
)

plans of 13 states as well as ana
lysed institutional
mechanism
s

and

their
functionalities in different phases of DM cycle.


As a part of his recent work he is engaged as a Disaster Management Expert in preparing a

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countrywide long term strategy for capacity building for disaster risk
reduction in India.

CV 03

Suranjana Gupta

Suranjana Gupta from Huairou Commission & GROOTS International carries an experience of
more than 18 years in the development sector with special
focus on
policy advocacy,
strategic planning, technical assistance t
o member organizations, facilitating community
-
led
learning exchanges and preparation of tools and knowledge
products. She has been engaged
in
action research on community resilience, facilitating partnerships between community
organizations and local and
national governments, designing and facilitating projects, which
advance grassroots women’s leadership, transferring grassroots solutions through peer
learning strategies and advocacy with policy institutions.

She has worked on more than 13
reports and pub
lication
s most of them relating to g
rassroots w
omen’s

groups

and their
leadership role in community resilience building across many countries including seven
countries in the Asian region
.

Som
e of her recent works include

designing and operationalizing a g
lobal community
resilience program, designing and implementing a financial mechanism for community
resilience in 12 countries, facilitating cross
-

country community learning exchanges and
Grassroots Academies, designing and delivering training for UNDP/Glo
bal Gender Climate
Alliance Capacity Building Program, Asia. She is also part of research
,

design and field
research team for Long Term Training and Capacity Building Strategy for Disaster Risk
Mitigation Program in 6 states of India under the Government o
f India’s National Cyclone
Risk Mitigation Program
.

She
has a multi country work experience

across Asia, Africa and Latin America, but is
currently
focus
sed

on South and Southeast Asia.


CV 04

Anjali Verma

Carries an experience of more than

1 year in the development sector with special focus on
action research in the sector of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation

and water
supply and sanitation
. She has been associated in
grass
-
root level planning and

organizing
village commun
ities.

At present she is engaged as a
Senior Programme Manager

on a country wide study for
‘training and capacity building strategy for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in India’. This study
is commissioned by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM)
under the World
Bank assisted National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP).

She was also engaged in
an Impact Evaluation Study of National Sanitation Strategy of
Gove
rnment of Indonesia. The study wa
s commissioned by PLAN Indonesia and funded by

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Plan A
ustralia.

She was also engaged as a field researcher in study related to social assessment, capacity
building and communication strategy for the proposed World Bank assisted project on rural
water supply and sanitation in 28 districts of Eastern UP.

Previ
ously she has work as an intern in
National Institute of Disaster Management (
NIDM
)

on Community Based Disaster Risk Assessment( Yamuna Floods), with United Nations
Development Programme in their Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery division on a
publi
cation of the Regional Climate Risk Reduction project in Hindu Kush Himalayan region
and with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in their Disaster
Management Division.