Voluntary commitment

Community Emergency Aid Capacity Building Project

Description

After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, government, civil and private sector actors collaborated to effectively coordinate disaster volunteers in an unprecedented show of multi-sector cooperation.

Not only did these actors coordinate volunteers, they also worked together to help affected populations in the following areas: supplies (goods), funding (money) and information.

This workshop and accompanying workbook are based on the experiences of Ishinomaki citizens who were actually involved in the post-tsunami response.

Drawing from real-life case studies and testimonies, the “Community Emergency Aid Capacity Building Project” is targeted at local governments, community leaders and other stakeholder groups.

This project has the following objectives:

A. To build capacity of local governments and community leaders in DRR.
This workshop enhances the ability of local governments and leaders to both a) effectively utilize existing resources within their locality and b) effectively intake and utilize resources from external areas that become available in the form of aid/assistance after a disaster. The workshop covers the following 4 main components/resources: Human resources (volunteers), goods (supplies), funding (money) and information. Best practices, lessons learnt and case studies are introduced for each of these components.

B. To share experiences, lessons learnt and best practices from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
The workbook was created through dozens of individual hearings/interviews with community leaders who were involved in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Gathering, collating, analyzing and then presenting this information in the form of a workbook/workshop serves to ensure that the affected populations are not forgotten.

The lessons learnt from this disaster can be disseminated to other regions in Japan and can be applied at the local level to better prepare these communities for future disasters.

Targets

The “Community Emergency Aid Capacity Building Project” is a workshop, accompanied by a custom-made workbook, targeted at local governments, community leaders and other stakeholder groups.

To build capacity of local governments and community leaders in DRR:
This workshop enhances the ability of local governments and leaders to both a) effectively utilize existing resources within their locality and b) effectively intake and utilize resources from external areas that become available in the form of aid/assistance after a disaster. The workshop covers the following 4 main components/resources: Human resources (volunteers), goods (supplies), funding (money) and information. Best practices, lessons learnt and case studies are introduced for each of these components.

Indicators

Key Performance Indicators:
-Number of workshops conducted
-Number of direct beneficiaries reached
-Number of indirect beneficiaries reached
-Number of local government and community leaders interviewed for establishment of the “ ”Community Emergency Aid Capacity Building Project”
-Number of ”Community Emergency Aid Capacity Building Project” workbooks circulated
-Number of trainers trained
-Results of Questionnaires

Means of verification

A. Monthly Monitoring and Evaluation:
-Questionnaire data from workshop participants collated/analyzed (Monthly Basis, 31st every month)
-Questionnaire data collected from workbook readers (Monthly Basis, 31st every month)
-New locations/venues considered
-Trainers assessed through mutual feedback systems and developed by senior staff

B. 6 month Milestones and Monitoring:
-3 communities will be trained through the program (half of the overall target)
-Biannual review of curricula and adjustments made as required

C. 2 month End Program Report and Evaluation
-Final Program Assessment/Evaluation
-Final Report

Timeframe

March 2015 to Feb 2016 with expected extensions

Contact Person

Mr Takashi YAMAMOTO
President, Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunter Center

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