Initial meetings with local actors.
Community members discuss how to make the local community safer.
Vulnerability analysis with women's self-help groups.

RISK Award 2015 – Disaster risk management in Pune is strengthening the role of women and children

The winner of the 2015 RISK award, the All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG), aims to reduce disaster risk for vulnerable communities. It has launched a project for “community self-assessment and planning” with strong participation from women. Initial strategy meetings have produced the first successful results.

In accordance with the Munich Re Foundation's claim “From Knowledge to Action”, the winner's intention is to embed existing expertise and traditional knowledge in local planning. The AIILSG also integrates the latest research: lessons learned from the ‘World Risk Report’ published by the United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) are to serve as a benchmark for the project in two vulnerable communities in India. 

The agenda of the first meetings with community representatives of the two target areas, Mahatma Gandhi Vasti and the Janata Vasahat slum on Parvati Hill, included the establishment of long-term partnerships between the AIILSG and local state actors. Furthermore, the AIILSG organised workshops with the active participation of community members in order to identify potential hazards and risks associated with natural or man-made disasters. From the very beginning, there has been a special focus on including women as key actors. Women are often at home when disasters strike, and in many cases they do not know how to act in a crisis.

Each community has its own individual risk profile, with different  resources, knowledge and coping capabilities. The meetings were especially open to women's self-help groups, with the aim of gaining their active participation in the process.

The strategy is geared to women’s and children’s needs and concerns, thus decreasing local vulnerabilities. The first disaster risk assessment plans have been drafted by local volunteers. The next stage will be to implement these in action plans.

NSCH, 9 June 2015

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