This report presents the activities to reduce disaster risk as implemented under the Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) programme between 2005 and 2011 by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. It is structured in three sections: (i) Section A reviews the background of the programme and the evaluation; (ii) section B includes the key findings, relating to relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability; and (iii) section C presents the implications of those findings.
The report also includes activities to enhance risk awareness and preparedness, small-scale mitigation and livelihood support by CBDRR. The report concludes by stressing the three key lessons learnt and recommendations for future disaster risk reduction programming: (i) programmes should be planned more thoroughly and implemented over a longer time-frame; (ii) they should be geared to build even greater hazard resilience - in particular, through raised adaptive capacity and not just an increase of asset bases; and (iii) they should adapt their focus and extend support beyond the most vulnerable to middle-income groups and also concludes by stating that the CBDRR programme has been successful in the sense that it created a positive impact to preparedness and resilience of local flood-prone communities.
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