Brief description of the project progress
On 01 of December 2012 the AzRC started the new community based disaster risk reduction project under the name of “Building Safe and Resilient Communities”. The project has financial and technical support of the Austrian Development Agency and the Austrian Red Cross.
According to the project the AzRC takes responsibility, within its own context, to deliver services on a reliable basis, which are supported by data collection and analysis of the needs and vulnerabilities of its targeted communities in order to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience.
The objectives of the project
The main objective of the project is to contribute to sustainable development and poverty reduction by increasing resilience of population living in areas most prone to and affected by natural hazards in Azerbaijan.
The specific objective of the project is resilience of targeted vulnerable six rural (Dialli, Tezekend, Tirjan, Kurdmashi, Aniq and Kuzun) and two urban (Ismailli and Gusar) communities population in Ismailli and Gusar regions to natural disaster, enhance and clarify sustainable strengthening within communities.
Achievements and Challenges
At the beginning of the project implementation there was a necessity to widely explain the context and essence of the project to local authorities and communities, in which extent their involvement towards the implementation is needed. Finally the AzRC managed to convince them of the importance of carried out initiatives and significance in positive changes within their districts, villages from the perspective of better preparedness and response as well as risk reduction. Thus the main achievement was commitment of community members and authorities as well as support and creating relevant conditions to realize planned activities.
During the project implementation, partnership was established on national, central and local level. The examples are strengthened relationships with government authorities and their field representations, attracting experts from other organizations like Oxfam, IOM and Fovqal, cooperation with other programmes relevant to the issue like PPRD East2. In 2013 with support of IOM training was conducted among communities in Ismailli district on “Mental Health and Psychosocial Support during Emergency and Displacement from areas in Azerbaijan prone to Natural Disasters”. All participants received international certificates. Due to cooperation with Ministry of Emergency and relationships established within PPRD East2 programme the AzRC team participated at the training organized in Tinglev, Denmark and Baku on Host Nation Support Table-Top Exercise as well as 2nd National Advisory Group meeting. During all events the BSRC project was given as one of the good examples of revealing situation in the places on disaster risk reduction.
Another positive work within the project was conduction the small mitigation project in 6 rural communities. This projects gathered together human and technical resources and helped to focus attention to existing problems. Thus, the AzRC played in this particular situation advocacy role by raising difficulties villagers facing with the helping to combine efforts towards deciding the issue.
Mainly the project went as it was planned. However there were some changes during the project implementation in 2015. It was planned along with Ismailli to carry out the project in the other district Zaqatala, but during relationship with local authorities certain challenges occurred, thus it was decided to replace Zaqatala with Gusar district.
The project will work at three levels to strengthen community disaster resilience in 2016-2018:
- Community level
- Regional level
- AzRCS level
At the community level the project will mainly focus on:
- Demographic/general baseline and gender analysis surveys
- Update village based DRR action plan & including into Municipality plan
- Refreshment trainings mainly on risk assessment, leadership, proposal development, CC and gender equity, simulations on rescue, FA and evacuation
- Workshops for the parents on FEP and Safety at home, early warning/information system
- School activities, such as school DP plan development, simulation exercises on rescue, FA, evacuation
- 5 small scale infrastructure works
- Village to village and branch to branch learning exchanges
- Community disaster awareness through promotion materials and drills
- Initial and end of project event and National conference on Sendai FA 2015-2030
- Raise awareness among national authorities on results and benefits of community DRR work
- Activities to engage with media at local and national level to promote risk reduction messages and role of AzRC
- District DRR strategies/Disaster Risk Management plan
- Update MoU with Ministry of Emergency and identify clear roles and responsibilities of AzRCS in DM
- Community based DRR, Climate Change and other capacity building trainings for HQ and Local committee staff
- Collect disaster data on an annual basis and consider annual District risk mapping process by Branch and local stakeholders to support preparedness planning and improve data collection on disasters and risks
- Development of accountability, monitoring and evaluation framework for project in line with wider AzRC practice.
Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society Team
Elshan Salimzada - BSRC project coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabina Mahbubi-Iran – Deputy Secretary General: email@example.com
Faig Tahirli - BSRC project expert: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irada Ibrahimova – BSRC project financier: email@example.com
Tofiq Soltanov – Chairman of Ismailli LB: firstname.lastname@example.org
Binyeddin Kheyirbeyov – Chairman of Gusar LB: email@example.com