The Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS) is a non-profit academic and research institute for encouraging, sponsoring and promoting multi-disciplinary basic and action research aimed at burgeoning and sharing the comprehensive knowledge on the vulnerabilities of disaster affected people of global order specially the women, men, children, disabled, indigenous communities, minorities, disadvantaged and destitute of developing world including Bangladesh. The institute will also ventilate the research activities, develop policy planning in disaster field and will assess its implementation in a more meaningful way. It will primarily act as an academic and research institute to share the disaster and vulnerability related experiences and knowledge sharing. Moreover, it will involve in policy implications for the policy planners and decision-makers. One of the visions of the institute is the inclusion of disaster in policy agenda to ensure equality in socio-economic, legal and political spheres leading to distributive justice in addressing the disasters and vulnerabilities.
It may be mentioned that for conducting, sharing and facilitating disaster related knowledge, experiences and skills, the Department of Sociology has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) of Ministry of Food and Disaster Management (MoFDM) on 4th December, 2008. Soon after signing the MoU, the Department of Sociology has introduced the CDMP assisted (both financial and technical) programs on disaster management in the areas of certificate course, post-graduate diploma course, workshop for facilitating disaster related knowledge, and grant for conducting research by post graduate students. Moreover, as per scope of the MoU, the Department of Sociology has taken the initiative to introduce Professional Post Graduate Master Programme in Disaster Management.
Disaster Reduction Goal
To create disaster managers through offering higher degrees in the major areas of DRR:
* climate change
* disaster management and risk reduction
* vulnerability and capacity
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Teaching at the Centre for Disaster and Vulnerability Studies
The teaching at the Centre provides application-oriented form of advanced education, linking teaching to applied research. This teaching combines a number of methods to achieve the learning objectives of the programmes. The two primary methods are classroom teaching, such as lectures. Seminars, and tutorials and assigned reading. Others include essay writing. Workshops, teamwork, study visits and computer-practice. Where the subject matter is suitable, less traditional approaches such as audio-visual techniques and role simulation are used. Research work involves research seminars, bibliographic exercises. Internet search exercises and reviews of research designs and drafts. The overall goal is to provide students with the opportunity to critically compare theory and conceptual approaches on the one hand and practice on the other, and to introduce and discuss their own experience. The following programmes are offered.
• Master of Disaster Management (MDM)
• Post-Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management (PGDDM)
• Five weeks Post-Graduate Diploma Certificate course in Disaster Management
Membership in Key Networks
Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP)
National Disaster Management Advisory Committee, Bangladesh
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
* Providing policy supports to government
* Research, knowledge sharing
* Collaboration with other institutions
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
* Workshop on 'Mapping Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction Initiatives in Bangladesh'
* Through education, training and research
* Input on DRR methodology
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Organized round table meetings (RTM):
* 22 May, 2012: on IDDR theme 'Women and Girls-The Invisible Force of Resilience'
* 9th September 2012: “Integration of strong Gender Perspectives in the HFA report of Bangladesh”
* 16 January, 2013: International Seminar on 'Frontiers of Climate Change'
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
* Input to Global Progress Report on HFA
* Input to CCA-DRR nexus in GoB
* Training and research in DRR & post recovery & Rehab
* Included DRR issues in Primary education text book
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
* Policy, technical and institutional capacity mechanisms
* Gender sensitive curriculum, plans and programmes
* Emergency response and support
* Act as think tank for the government & other org
* Disseminate knowledge and information on DRR
* Published book on 'Women and Girls: Vulnerable or Resilient?'
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Dr. Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain
Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen