Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

National Workshop: Multi-stakeholder consultation for monitoring of progress on HFA implementation at local level

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) monitoring and review process is intended to promote a collaborative approach to measure progress through the engagement of multiple stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector and comm-unities. UNISDR has been facilitating a multi-tier HFA review process that is currently concentrated at the national and regional level. More than one hundred countries have been carrying out the review process at the national level since 2008. Including local governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) to bring in the local perspective in monitoring HFA progress was recommended in the Chair’s summary of the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2009. A third tier of HFA review process at the local level is being initiated to bring the local perspective to the national HFA review process.

In support of the widespread application of multi-stakeholder and multi-level HFA monitoring a series of five pilot countries (Armenia, Mozambique, Peru, Indonesia, Nepal) workshops were planned in partnership with the Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) and DG ECHO. The workshop in Nepal was one of such five pilot country workshops to review progress on implementation of HFA at the local level.

The workshop was focused on enabling a structured dialogue between different state and non-state actors active in disaster risk reduction at national and local levels. Bringing together national and local level perspectives will help to establish a clear picture of progress. This can then be used to guide policy discussions, identify gaps and formulate actions that will accelerate progress of the HFA at national and local levels.

The workshop aimed to establish a clear picture of progress of the HFA at national and local levels by bringing together national and local actors working in disaster risk reduction sector with the following specific objectives:

• To initiate a multi stakeholder dialogue at the local level with local specific set of indicators that contributes to the national level dialogue and the reporting process;

• To introduce a local HFA monitoring and review framework and gather feedback on the tools and processes; and

• To reach consensus and mutual understanding among different national and local actors on the needs and priorities for disaster reduction, leading to agreed actions and collaborative approaches to accelerate implementation of the HFA.

The workshop was organized by Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) of the Government of Nepal under the general guidance of the UNISDR Regional Office at Bangkok. Ministry of Local Development (MOLD) supported the workshop in bringing local authorities to the workshop. The National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET), coordinated and conducted the workshop as the local civil society partner.

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