The Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines joined the roundtable discussion in Promoting Local Innovation in disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) in Cambodia on September 5, 2017. The roundtable was organised by the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) with the support from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines.

About 35 participants coming from international, national and governmental organisations attended the discussion. The National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) of Cambodia shared the Development in Cambodia’s policy framework for DRRM and humanitarian response. Other topics discussed included Good practices in previous disaster response in Cambodia; Experiences and current challenges in implementing community-based approaches in Cambodia and Innovative technologies that enhances DRRM in the country.

The Philippines Academy Centre team provided potential areas of complementation to the work being done by different DRRM actors in Cambodia. These include using the Academy’s digital learning platform, Kaya, to support humanitarian learning and building capacities of DRRM and humanitarian actors; and Business Continuity Planning to support community-based enterprise initiatives and cooperatives in Cambodia, among others.

The Philippines Academy Centre team also had separate meetings with Nak Akphivath Sahakum (NAS) which means “community developer”. NAS is an NGO implementing community-based projects in six provinces, primarily focused on health, livelihoods and good governance. Specifically, they are working with almost 20 cooperatives and 1600 self-help groups in the country. NAS is currently one of the two member NGOs of the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network.

The team also met with Sok Phoeuk, National Project Manager of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) who suggested that there is a potential for the Academy to collaborate with the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP). This is currently implemented by ADPC in the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

More to come, so stay tuned!

Mark Cervantes
Program Manager, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
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