Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh: An Evolving Approach to Disaster Risk Management

Author(s): Farzana Ahmed Mohuya

Book Name: Environment and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: Geographical Perspectives

Editor(s): H. Khatun, N. Ahmad, AQM Mahbub and H. Kabir

Publisher: Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka

Year: June, 2018.

Abstract:


This article demonstrates the basic framework of Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) concepts with particular emphasizes on Bangladesh’s status with regard to this evolving approach of disaster risk management. CCDRR practice began in Bangladesh in 2005 through the initiative of ActionAID Bangladesh and later two INGOs jointly started their work in 2008. After the Cyclone Sidr and Aila, GoB started working in this concept at small scale by establishing Child Protection Cluster Network (CPCN), Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs), and inclusion of DRR issues in text books and now planning to work deliberately by implementing actions from respective ministerial level. In 2017, BCAS and UNICEF Bangladesh addressed the knowledge and policy gaps in this context and are now working on CCDRR concept to implement action plan. This study reveals that albeit children are the most vulnerable group during disaster but CCDRR concept help children to be self-dependent and understand their power as drivers of change during pre and post disaster events and at the same time they can communicate risks and safeguard their rights in relation to disaster risk management.


 

Citation:

Mohuya, F. A. 2018. Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh: An Evolving Approach to Disaster Risk Management. In: Environment and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: Geographical Perspectives (Eds. H. Khatun, N. Ahmad, AQM Mahbub and H. Kabir), Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, pp. 115-140; ISBN: 978-984-34-4310-6.

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