Speakers at the National Consultation on the Occasion of Disaster Preparedness Day


Dhaka, 24 March, 2014. Today in a consultation meeting speakers opined that, there should be some set of standards for the organizations working on emergency responses and support. There should be some mechanism to ensure accountability of the organizations to the people they are working for. Speakers opined those while they were speaking at a national consultation titled National Consultation on Core Humanitarian Standards’ held at the conference room of the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senet Bhaban of the University of Dhaka. The program was organized also to mark the National Disaster Preparedness day. It was organized jointly by the Bangladesh support group of international organization Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerabilities studies of the University of Dhaka. The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Bangladesh Open University Professor Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain was the chief guest of the meeting while it was presided over by the Director of the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies-University of Dhaka Ms. Mahbuba Nasreen, Ph.D. The consultation was moderated by G. Nayeem Wahra, Member Secretary, Foundation for Disaster Forum.

It was informed that, there are some standards in the field of Humanitarian Assistance or works. International organizations HAP and People in Aid have initiated a program for integration of the humanitarian standards. So far consultations on these standards have been organized in various parts of the world.  COAST trust in association with HAP Bangladesh Support group is coordinating the process. Stephen K. Halder of World Vision gave the vote of thanks to all.

In his welcome speech,  Sanat K Bhowmik, Director of COAST Trust informed that,  the consultation meeting was for broader consultation at national level and endorsement of field level consultation findings. In Bangladesh some community based consultations had also been organized. Shawkat Ali Tutul of COAST Trust presented summary of the recommendations came from the communities.

G. Nayeem Wahra said, our staff sometimes feel as an additional load to ensure accountability to the affected people.

Ms. Mahbuba Nasreen, Ph.D said, we have to set our own standard for in the context of Bangladesh. During disaster our women prefer cash to other support.

Professor Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain said, where the question of accounatability is, there is a question of conflict resolution. To ensure better accountability the must be an effective conflict resolution mechanism.


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