Strengthening DRM Structures & Capacities (SDSC) Project

Project Overview: 

The Strengthening DRM Structures and Capacities of the BDRCS (SDSC) Project, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and co-funded by the German Red Cross, spanning from 2017 to 2026. It aims to enhance Disaster Risk Management (DRM) capacities at various levels, particularly focusing on empowering the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to serve communities in better way.

Overall Goal:

The project’s overarching goal is to strengthen the self-help capacities of the community through improved disaster risk management (DRM) services provided by the BDRCS.

Project Objective:

The project focuses on strengthening the capacities and structures of the BDRCS for disaster risk management (DRM) and ensuring their effective implementation at the community level.

Project Approach:

This project operates in micro, meso, and macro levels strategically addressing community, organizational, and advocacy dimensions aims to support disaster resilience across Bangladesh. At the micro level, the project actively engages with communities to strengthen local resilience through enhanced services delivered by BDRCS branches. At the meso level, emphasis has been placed on strengthening the DRM capacities at the branch and national headquarters level. At the macro level, the project advocates for improved framework conditions for disaster risk management through proactive government engagement and promoting efforts.

Coverage Area:

Phase Timeframe Coverage Area
Phase-01 2017-2020 Dhaka, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Gaibandha, and Tangail.
Phase-02 2021-2023 Dhaka, Chattogram, Barguna, Lakshmipur, Pirojpur, Netrokona, Bogura, Sirajganj.
Phase-03 2024-2026 Noakhali, Bogura

Project Results (Phase 1 & 2):

Micro Level: The project communities will benefit from improved services provided by the local branches of the national society BDRCS and will become more resilient.

Result 1:

Selected project communities have implemented their own disaster risk management measures (CBDRM) with the support of the branches of national societies and in cooperation with local actors, thus strengthening their self-help capacities as part of holistic local disaster risk management.

Result 2:

The project communities, in particular teachers and pupils from selected schools in the catchment area of the project branches of the national societies, have participated in DRM training, exercises and simulations and have improved DRM capacity at school level.

Meso Level:

The capacities and structures of the national society BDRCS, which are necessary for high-quality services in mandated core areas, have been improved by the end of the project. 

Result 1:

The national society BDRCS have strengthened their expertise in prioritised core areas of disaster risk management (DRM) and in selected administrative standards and instruments.

Macro Level:

The national society BDRCS contribute to improving the framework conditions for disaster risk management in the country through advocacy and lobbying at government, planning and committee level in the interest of vulnerable population groups.

Result 1:

Government and administration representatives relevant to DRM are better aware of the mandates, roles, capacities and sectoral approaches of national societies and the added value for the aid system is seen more clearly than at the beginning of the project.

Number of people reached in (Micro, Meso, Macro) different level (Phase 1 & 2):

Roundtable discussion with ministries of Govt. of Bangladesh on emerging role of BDRCS

Project Activities (Phase 3):

In the Phase 3 of Project, a series of activities will be implemented, aiming to empower communities and strengthen disaster resilience across the country. These activities comprise initiatives, including RCRC Basic, First Aid, and Leadership Training, alongside a Basic Orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in 36 schools. Also a day-long simulation exercise focused on Cyclone and Flood based on the specific hazards faced by the respective districts will be organized. Beside that essential resources such as First Aid Kits, Information Display Boards, and Evacuation Plan Boards will be installed in schools to boost emergency preparedness at the grassroots level. Additionally, Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) training will be provided to both School RCY and School Teachers, equipping them with the necessary skills to deal during crisis situations effectively. Moreover, dialogue sessions on the National Volunteers Policy with Government entities will be organized to foster collaboration and alignment towards shared disaster management goals. Concurrently, the development of informative materials for schools and local authorities will enhance awareness and preparedness, ensuring a holistic approach to disaster resilience.