D¾xe‡bi SIGN OF ¯^vÿi RESILIENCE
Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world due to its geographical location and topography. Almost every year, a large number of poor, rural people get exposed to extreme flood and riverbank erosion which destroy crops, houses, household assets and livelihoods. Practical Action is an international development agency working with poor communities to help them choose and use technology to improve their lives today and for generations to come. Based on its experience of poverty reduction work, Practical Action implemented a project entitled 'Mainstreaming Livelihood-Centred Approaches to Disaster Management' in Bangladesh, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe between January 2006 and December 2010. The purposes of the Bangladesh project component were i) resilience of communities vulnerable to disasters is increased through strengthened livelihoods and increased preparedness and ii) stakeholders at different levels (village, district and national) have adopted livelihood-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. The project reached 6,000 households directly and 33,000 households indirectly in northern districts of Bogra, Gaibandha and Sirajganj. This book is a pictorial journey of the project implementation over a fiveyear period. All the photographs were taken by the Practical Action, Bangladesh staffs on different occasions. We hope that this book will give our readers a glimpse of the context, strategies, supports and results realized by us. We are expressing our gratitude to our partner organizations, namely Gono Kalyan Sanstha (GKS), Samaj Kallyan Sangstha (SKS) and Uttara Development Programme (UDP); local government and non-government entities, UK and Bangladesh-based Practical Action staff for their hard work and contributions to make the project successful. Our endless thanks go to Conflict and Humanitarian Fund (CHF) of Department for International Development (DFID), UK for supporting the project.
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Veena Khaleque Country Director Practical Action Bangladesh
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Issue address by the project
Hazard Livelihoods Vulnerabilities
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Hazards At risk of being eroded
Avc` fvO‡bi SuywK‡Z
Livelihoods “It used to be my vegetable garden; flood has destroyed it”
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Vulnerabilities Even at old age, she is forced to live in a make-shift house by a road
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