Preparatory Assistance to Disaster Risk Reduction

What is the project about

What is the project about Credit: Keita Sugimoto/UNDP ANGOLA

This project will support the design and development of a broader UNDP Disaster Risk Reduction programme to improve the country’s implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, particularly in enhancing the capacity to prepare for and respond to natural hazards. The strategy presented in this concept note consist in assisting the Government, through the National civil Protection and Fire Fighters Service (SNPCB), develop and implement a National Information Management (IM) strategy for emergency preparedness and response.

The proposed support for IM is considered as an entry point to a larger programme, which should be developed in partnership with the SNPCB, key line ministries, specially the ministry of Environment and other relevant stakeholders having as main output the institutional strengthening and capacity building for Disasters Risk Reduction to be implemented by the National Disaster Management Authorities.

What have we accomplished so far

From 2012 to 2014, with UNDP technical assistance, the National Civil Protection Commission (CNPC) responsible for inter-sectorial coordination and policy making advanced Disaster Risk Management (DRM) agenda through strategic framework planning and operational capacity building.

In terms of strategic framework planning, recognizing an increasing importance of risk management in pursuit of inclusive sustainable development goals, the CNPC renewed two strategic plans that will guide DRM in the coming years in view of the African Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the Hyogo Framework for Action. Both the National Contingency Plan and the Risk Management Strategic Plan were effectively developed by the CNPC with UNDP technical advisory support, which ensured inter-sectorial coordination across ministries and supporting UN agencies. Within the strategic frameworks established by the plans, from 2015 the CNPC will decentralize contingency planning to provincial level, while advancing DRM mainstreaming in sectorial works across ministries at national level. Furthermore, based on a drought impact assessment conducted in the southern region in early 2014, the Civil Protection and Firefighting Service (SPCB) with UNDP support assisted three drought-affected provinces in elaborating Pilot-Strategies for Building Resilience to ensure community resilience-building before and after a crisis.

Capacity building support provided by UNDP to the DRM leaders and staffs at national and local levels from 2012 to 2014 collectively contributed to the enhancement of their operational capacities in such critical areas as coordination, information management, Early Warning, risk assessment, and resilience-building. The enhanced Civil Protection capacity has laid a foundation, upon which effective implementation of the two strategic plans will take place in the coming years, in particular for the improved preparedness for response and recovery, and resilience building of hazard-prone communities.

A series of training provided by the SPCB with support of UNDP under the project benefited: 1) 18 coordinators of Provincial Civil Protection Commissions (CPPC) on DRR and resilience-building; 2) 300 CPPC technical staff and partners on DRR; 3) 70 technical staff and partners from 5 CPPCs in the southern region on Early Warning System; 4) 36 technicians of 18 CPPCs in Information Management; and 5) 650 staffs from 10 Municipal Civil Protection Commissions (CMPC) on risk analysis and DRR planning. DRR action plans produced by the 10 disaster-prone municipalities in 9 provinces provided the CNPC and municipal leaders with concrete measures to address identified disaster risks at local level.

In the training sessions provided under the project, women were represented at around 40%. Women's participation continued being promoted by both the SPCB and UNDP in implementing DRR training activities as effective DRR planning required contributions from all age and gender groups, such as children, elders, men and women.

Knowledge sharing effectively facilitated by UNDP through South-South and Triangular cooperation in coordination with SADC and OCHA has also contributed to the technical capacity building of Angolan DRM officials in disaster risk management (i.e. disaster and risk assessment, DRR planning, and Early Warning System management) and increased understanding on the emerging regional priorities, such as Resilience-Building

In 2014, the government established five policy priorities in DRM in support of the national development plans, including decentralized contingency planning, mainstreaming of DRM into sectorial works, urban risk management, disaster and risk information management, and institutional capacity development of the national civil protection system. From 2015, UNDP plans to further upscale its quality technical advice and effective implementation support for the achievement of the government's priorities.  To this end, the CNPC and UNDP together formulated a new DRR project 2015-2017. The 3-year project aims to achieve 3 results: 1) National Contingency Plan adapted and implemented at provincial scale; 2) National Risk Information System designed with main protocols established; and 3) SPCB institutional organization strengthened with training activities implemented.

Who finances it?

2012: US$ 68,137.39 (UNDP)

2013: US$ 446,386.01 (UNDP)

2014: US$ 778,894.00 (UNDP)

Delivery in previous fiscal year.

2012: US$ 47,670 (UNDP)

2013: US$ 304,404.97 (UNDP)

2014: US$ 722,871.08 (UNDP)