Improving Women’s Odds in Disasters — Feature story on the World Bank org

Soil erosion caused by flooding and cyclones puts coastal communities in Bangladesh at risk. Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan/World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS Women are much more likely than men to be killed in natural disasters. New research aims at improving their odds of survival. A survey for the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, the International…

Central Asia: Focus Humanitarian Assistance successfully completes its 7th project — The Times of Central Asia com

DUSHANBE (TCA) — The geography and topography of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan make them high-risk countries for natural disasters.  Especially it is relevant to the isolated mountainous communities of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan and Alai and Chon Alai in Kyrgyzstan, which are subject to frequent hazards such as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs),…

Media workshop: Calamities cannot be avoided but causalities can be minimised, say experts – By Peer Muhammad at Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Speakers urged the media to play an effective and constructive role in spreading awareness among communities to cope with disastrous situations. They underlined that it is not possible to avoid natural calamities but through awareness and preparedness, causalities can be minimised. The participants were addressing a workshop on “Hazard and Disaster Reporting”, organised by the…

India: Andhra Pradesh Relief to Development Projects

Source: Relief Web ***** In August 2009, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) completed its three year Andhra Pradesh Relief to Development (APR2D) Project which stemmed from the devastating South Asian tsunami of December 2004 that claimed close to 200,000 lives and wiped out homes, livelihoods and infrastructure. In the wake of the tsunami, Canadians rallied to…

Disaster preparedness weeks raise awareness with practical tips and advice

Source: The Ismaili Approximately 114,000 residential and commercial structures were damaged during the Northridge Earthquake, that struck California in 1994. Photo: FEMA / Wikimedia Commons On 23 June 2010 at 1:41pm, an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 hit the Ontario-Quebec border. Tremors were also reported in some US states, including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Jersey…

Canada: BRIDGES THAT UNITE Calendar of Events

From January 28 to February 28, BRIDGESTHATUNITE will be presented at Canada Science and Technology Museum, and at Concordia University (J.W. McConnell Library Building atrium) from March 7 to 26. As part of the exhibition, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) presents a series of free special events including lectures, panel discussions, film screenings and performances….

Canada: “Bridges that Unite” a traveling, interactive exhibition…

Bridges that Unite is a traveling, interactive exhibition that invites you to explore how Canada and Canadians have been innovative in the search for solutions to some of the worlds’ most critical issues. Through powerful images, stories and film, the exhibition will challenge you to reframe your perceptions of the developing world. A wide array…

Tajik FM, AKDN resident representative discuss cooperation plans

Author: Avaz Yuldoshev DUSHANBE, December 22, 2009, Asia-Plus  — On Tuesday December 22, Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi met with Mr. Munir Merali, Resident Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan, according to the MFA information department. -snip- In Tajikistan, the AKDN activities include the Mountain Societies Development Program (MSDSP), which currently implements…

Building Disaster-Resilient Communities in Afghanistan

Please also see: Photo Gallery of Disaster Resilience Training Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Afghanistan is currently implementing a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). The CBDRR project seeks to increase awareness and disaster-resilience in highly vulnerable communities by strengthening…