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There are three really useful articles which have appeared on the BBC website this past 24 hours, these relating to Climate Change (which we’re covering in Mod 5), the US West Coast bushfires (and possible link to climate change), and hurricanes in the Carribean. all these can be accessed in the Sept-Oct bibliography in the TorqAid Toolkit – https://www.torqaid.com/torqaid-toolkit
BBC. Zurcher, A. (2020). US West Coast Fires: trump fans flames of climate row in California. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54144651
BBC. King, S. (2020) The busy hurricane season about to go ‘Greek’. Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/weather/features/54150645
BBC. McGrath, M. (2020). What is Climate Change ? A really simple guide. Retrieved from
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I’d be interested in your comments, PDRM participants, on this ‘Fire Shield Plan’ as being promoted by WA’s Andrew Forrest. Interesting that the DRR diagram (DRM Initiatives – particularly scientific research) highlights and encorages new technology such as this. Personally, I think there’s a danger of over-relying on technology to solve issues such as these – whilst they’re important, they need to be complemented by other actions (such as the other 11 DRM initiatives in the DRR diagram). Rys, your perspective as a Mayor over there in WA?
I think we’d all be interested, Rhys, how you tackle this area of planning as Mayor of a fairly substantial population area. It would be interesting to learn how this fits in to Western Australian State plans, as well as coordination with other municipalities. I would also be interested in CBDRM experiences of a number of you out in the field – I’m thinking of you, in particular, James, as I know you’ve done a loyt of this in Malawi & Southern Africa (but also your input, Luther, Eddy & others). Mila,you might be interested in the ADRRN links (as these are Asian), as well as Ali on the GFDRR & GNDR networks if you’re looking for some effective global partners in the field.
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I’ll be running through the ISO 31000 as a teaching session on Wed 16th Sept, so feel free to join us when you can.
When Tarik Hassan intriduced himself (working with SDC/UNICEF in Ethiopia), he mentioned he was particularly involved in drought situations. The FEWS NET website – http://www.fews.net is particularly useful in looking at drought, food security, and, sometmes associated conflict situations, across parts of Africa (as well as Haiti, Yemen, Afghanistan). i would be interested in Tarik’s (and others) comments on the applicability of the slow-onset DRMC & DRR diagrams, as these relate to drought. . .
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Thanks for this input, Ali. Any comments on this,from others including those working in local government, private companies etc? ,
Thanks for these thoughts and comments. When I read Kirsten’s about ‘continual learning’ it reminded me of the Project Management CXycle (PMC) where there are those dotted red arrows in Implementation Stage, and green dotted arrows in Post Implementation stage relating to ‘Learning & Sharing Lessons’. Much of the material in the Humanitarian/Development Bibliography & Agency DSirectory (both found in the https://www.torqaid.com/torqaid-toolkit are just that – learning & sharing lessons.
Hi again everyone, this is being written on thurs 27th August, the same day (although they’re a number of hours behind), when Hurricane Laura is due to hit the Louisiana and Texas coastlines. Check out the BBC link at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53921285. Interesting to see how this fits into out PDRM/DRMC discussion so far:
– Half a million people have been advised to evacuate
– There are also warnings about power (water/electricity/telecoms) being disrupted; as well as water/wind damage ptentiallly disrupting logistical routes
– There is a danger from a powerful storm surge. you may remember that is was largely storm surges in cyclones in Bangladesh during the 1970-90s which killed tens of thousands of people; as well as that from Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008
– Intererestng on the sometimes emotive languagfe being used, and this relates to messaging (which we discussed in last night’s Zoom). Terms like ‘unsurvivable storm surge’ and ‘catastrophic’, are highly emotive, and quite frightening. At best I personally think it’s better to pre-fix these by ‘potentially….’. Intereesting also regarding in bushfires in Australia. in NSW they use the term ‘catastropic’ for highest risk rating, whereas I prefer the Victorian ‘Code Red’. Maybe it’s partially because I’m Ango-Australian, and I tend to understate things!
To quickly answer a couple of your points here:
1. No, there doesn’t seem to have been much progres in the move to professionaling the humanitarian sector since this time. The reasons for this are complex (and I haven’t been following it that closely), but they include:
– One of the key recommendations from the study (#9) was the formation of an International Humanitarian Professional Association (IHPA), but this not evolved
– Since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), many NGOs (and research agencies such as ELRHA) have had their budgets cut back, and thus find it difficult to fund detailed sudies such as these. Budget declines include less direct bilateral (eg through DFAT) funding
– This being said, there have been some positive develops. For example in Australia there is now a link betrween Save trhe Children and Deakin University’s Centre for Humanitarian Leadership.
– I personally think there is also a challenge over terminology. Competency based training is usually pre-degree (eg Cert IV) level, and graduates are really wanting to focus on Msaster rather than Cert IV training.
This PDRM is given Advanced Standing by Murdoch University towards three Masters programs, where the PDRM plus assignments equates to 1 Standard Unit (ie 3 points) towards these Masters programs. There is a similar degree of acceptance by Charles Sturt University (CSU).
Note that the BBC reported today https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53884709, that two storms are currently crossing the Caribbean in a similar tracks. These are Hurricane Marco, followed (2-3 days later) by currently Tropocal Storm Laura. They are likely to impact the US coast between Louisiana (Marco) and Texas (Laura).
I’m planning to run through some key components of the PMC on our Wednesday zoom this 26th August.Would appreciate thoughts on both the PMC and PDD from others who have used equivalent frameworks both inside and outside of Australia.
I would be interested in any thoughts on this ‘What Matters?’ material. Rhys, how does thius resonate with some of your work 9if I remember correctly!) with Aboriginal communities in Outback/remote Australia?
Thanks, Mitchell & Kelly, for this. A lot of things resonated with what you both said. Mitchell’s comment about teams reminded me of john Adair’s Leadership Model (Task/Team/Individual); whilst Kelly’s comments on keeping abreast of best practice (ie no need to ‘te-invent the wheel’), are reasons why we include the Bibliography & Agency Directory as part of this course. Also it’s the same reasoning behind the red and green ‘Learning & Sharing Lessons’ in the Project Management Cycle (PMC). Keeping abreast of current international events is also important – i generally do this by reading/watching BBC (internet), SBS TV, Weekend Australian & Guardian Weekly. I remember when the Myanmar Cyclone Nargis struck in 2008 (and I was subsequently doing some work for an Australian NGO), I was able to pick up a book on Aung San Sui Kyi at Singapore Airport and relatively quickly and easily mug up on some of the political nuances. .
I appreciated your comment, Kelly! Interestingly, we run this exercise with Charles Sturtr Universitry (CSU) Emeregency Managers on the online course (EMG 309 Humanitarian Relief) I teach there These are folk with varying degrees of experience, and many of the competencies resonate well with them. They sometimes score their competencies on range from 1-3. Many realise that for overseas work, they may be a little light on cross-cultural experience. Interesting also that a number of them also confess a relative weakness in one of the Using Resources compencies, namely Financial Management (not my main strength either). On page 9 of the customised Agency Directory (see top of page 2 of Topic 2 Notes), there is a link to the agency Humentum – http://www.humentum.org . This is an amalgalm of three earlier agencies, one of which was Mango, which focussed in on financial management for NGOs. Humentum has similar programs, so check these out if intereested. .
It was great having yiu, Kelly, share in your field visit out to bushfire-affected areas of NSW this past Monday and Tyuesday. For thoise interested in bushfire recovery work, check out those links on the volunteer paper I wrote at https://www.torqaid.com/bushfires This includes some terrific references on psycho-social issues. Note that California is currently facing challenging wildfires – see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53840437