Representatives from ADPC, NCDM, and PADEK open the workshop.
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized a workshop on baseline assessment for disaster preparedness and response to assess the capacity and challenges in emergency response systems and mechanisms in Cambodia.
With a particular focus on the level of inter-agency coordination between national, sub-national government agencies, and local humanitarian organizations, the workshop brought government, non-government and private sector together to discuss a way forward.
The workshop was a part of a regional program “Strengthening Capacity of Government and Local Humanitarian Organizations on Preparedness for Response in Asia”, which is being implemented by ADPC in six countries with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
His Excellency Nhik Bun Rith, the Deputy Secretary General of National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), Cambodia, Mr. Kep Kannaro, the Executive Director of Partnership for development in Kampuchea (PADEK), and the Chief of the Cambodia Humanitarian Forum (CHF), and the CHF Steering Committee attended the inaugural ceremony.
57 participants from the government, international, national and local NGOs, UN agencies, private sector, media, and academic institutions attended the workshop. It provided them a platform to discuss current strengths and weaknesses of the humanitarian ecosystem in Cambodia, and to develop a strategic roadmap for strengthening the humanitarian institutional leadership capacity.
Participants pause for a group photo after the opening ceremony of the workshop.
Five focus group discussions, composed of provincial and district committees for disaster management, local humanitarian organizations, key government ministries, UN and INGOs, and private sectors, academia, and media, were conducted on pre-defined questions.
In a focus group discussion, participants explore pathways to strengthen humanitarian sector’s response capacity.
Through focus group discussions, the participants analyzed the current capacities and the needs of various stakeholders involved in disaster preparedness and emergency response in Cambodia.
The workshop results will be used for baseline assessments and building a roadmap for Cambodia for strengthening the humanitarian institutional leadership capacity.