Linking Preparedness Response & Resilience (LPRR) Action Aid’s 2013 Response to Cyclone Mahasen in Patuakhali District, Bangladesh

Project: Linking Preparedness Resilience and Response 16th January 2018

This paper is one of a collection of Linking Preparedness Response and Resilience in Emergency Contexts (LPRR) case studies and analysis papers. LPRR is a START Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP), Department for International Development (DfID) funded 3-year consortium led project which is aimed at strengthening humanitarian programming for more resilient communities.

Specifically, this case study has been developed as part of the humanitarian strand of the LPRR project which focuses on developing a practical method for improved, resilience informed humanitarian response. To do this, eight case studies of past humanitarian response interventions will be explored. This paper focuses on Action Aid and partners’ (2013) community lead response to Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in Patuakhali District, Bangladesh in 2013. Specifically, this project focused on enabling the disaster response to be ran through a local women disaster preparedness and response group.

The aim of this paper is to act as a communication tool, to feed back to the Bangladesh team, verify understanding and outline initial reflections prior to academic analysis. It is important to note that this project and paper recognises the term ‘community’ as a collective group of at risk, exposed residents.Here, two local researchers spent two weeks in the Patuakhali District, researching the humanitarian context and intervention. The main aim of this research is to capture community members’ perception of resilience and both community members and field staff’s recommendations for future, resilience focused humanitarian response programming.

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