Disaster Risk Reduction
Disaster Risk Management
Australia & Pacific, Africa, Asia
The primary purpose of the program is to reduce vulnerability and enhance the resilience of communities to disasters and climate change. This is a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) program under the Humanitarian Partnership Agreement with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program set out to develop context specific models in the four regions in which Oxfam is directly programming. The Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and South Africa programs were selected to implement projects. The DRM component aimed to strengthen the DRR implementing capacity of Oxfam and its partners by the development of tools and training materials and by the provision of technical support to the projects.
The evaluation method included desktop analysis of documentary resources, such as concept papers, donor reporting and case studies but its primary focus has been on documenting the reflections and lessons learned at the completion workshop held in Melbourne on 28-29 July 2014. Participants included at least two field staff from each country â€“ and two representatives of partner organisations from South Africa. A number of Melbourne based staff, including Humanitarian Program Coordinators, attended subject to availability.
The DRR/DRM Program has had considerable success in developing and institutionalising DRR within Oxfam Australia. There is now a cadre of skilled staff within each region and a set of training materials, tools and approaches which did not exist three years ago. Documentation of the component projects through reports and case studies mean that much of the learning from the program is accessible to those outside the project. Weaknesses in design and partner selection have largely been recognised and overcome. Improvements can be made in incorporating Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) of available technology and the potential of academic and private sector partnerships. However the real value of this challenging and innovative program will be in how Oxfam Australia chooses to build upon it and develop DRR within the agency.