INSTITUTION BUILDING



Successful disaster reduction and development strategies involve careful efforts to combine knowledge, technology, expertise, institutional capacities, management skills, and practical experience for optimum results, which would not be possible without proper collaboration between the two key players: state and civil society. PK started developing its own database on NGO and GO initiatives for disaster response and preparedness and held regular consultations with them for sharing of information, problems, and plan future course of action. Closer collaboration between NGOs-GO’s and PK benefited both. It enabled PK to assess capacity building needs, identify problems, and prepare action plans for strengthening disaster reduction measures, and helped NGOs to share their problems with and receive support from the government in carrying out rehabilitation activities in disaster affected areas.

All NGOs talk of collaboration, few make conscious efforts to share information and engage with the state and other institutions. Some NGOs prefer to practise isolationism as they feel close proximity with the government may affect their freedom. On the other, while some govt. officers understand NGOs better because of regular interaction, others find it hard to interact with NGOs due to a lack of familiarity. The absence of proper institutional and regulative frameworks puts both government and NGOs at a disadvantage. NGOs fail to receive administrative support while the government fails to benefit from skills, grassroots learning of NGOs in planning and implementing disaster reduction and development activities. Keeping all these challenges, PK act as a bridge between GO-NGO and conducted various successful programs. PK facilitated Mega Mock Drill-2016, Workshop on Traditional Mechanism to Access Weather Condition, World Environment Day-2015, formation of DDMP-2016, Blood Donation Campaign and other activities are the best examples of coordination and convergence.