Bangladesh

Oxfam aims to help poor communities, particularly women, to better prepare for and cope with disasters. This includes prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation work; irrespective of all hazards, all risks, all sectors and all terrains.

Concern Universal has been implementing the Community Based Approaches to Disaster Preparedness (CBADP) Project in partnership with Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) since March 2006. This is an innovative project for Concern Universal in the field of Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management.

Under its third Action plan, DIPECHO is working with ActionAid and four other implementing partners in Bangladesh - Concern Universal, Handicap International, Islamic Relief and Oxfam GB. There is a strong coordination mechanism in place between these partners as they regularly come together to coordinate their work. This coordination mechanism is of key importance to avoid duplication of activities, but also to exchange experiences thoughts and ideas to increase the effectiveness of the program. The DIPECHO partners work together to push a common agenda to include disaster preparedness activities on national policy level. In addition, the coordination group serves as a platform to join forces in their relief response in case of a disaster in Bangladesh.

The Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) pursues research and capacity development in the field of water and flood management that is vital for economic development and social prosperity of the country. The Institute also provides advisory and consultancy services to government and non-government organizations.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department is the authorised Government organisation for all meteorological activities in the country. It maintains a network of surface and upper air observatories, radar and satellite stations, agro-meteorological observatories, geomagnetic and seismological observatories and meteorological telecommunication system.

Bangladesh Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) provides technical details and flood forecasts for Bangladesh. It also presents historic data on flood in Bangladesh.