To explore the potential application of child led disaster risk reduction/Community risk assessment in multi hazard regions including rural and urban communities (slums, industry etc).
While childrens participation in the development process is recognized, the recognition of childrens participation in disaster risk reduction is an emerging concern. Although much attention is given to the needs of children in emergencies, it is mostly from the point of view of adults acting on behalf and in the best interest of children. There is less focus on working with, and not working for, children in reducing their vulnerabilities and disaster risk.
Children are often underestimated and overlooked by adults in making important decisions that affect their communities. But children have specific capabilities and strengths to offer in disaster preparedness and mitigation; they have a role to play before, during and after floods. Hence, childrens involvement in Plan Bangladeshs Children Participation in Disaster Risk Reduction (CPDRR) project was started in 2007 to highlight childrens capacities and strengths in reducing disaster risks for inclusion at national level institutions.
In order to show that children can participate in the risk assessment process, Plans implementing partner, POPI, trained childrens organizations in how to use the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) approach, which incorporates the knowledge and opinions of rural people in the planning and management of development projects and programmes.
Children developed a work plan, then carried it out using their own methods, and from their findings, children analysed their risks and capacities and developed their own risk reduction plans. Ultimately this knowledge and process will be incorporated into the CRA process and a revised CRA guidebook will be developed, along with a handbook on how to enable children in the participation process.
Plan recognized that it is also...