Government of India - UNDP Disaster Risk Management Programme 2002-2009 : Evaluation and Review of Lessons

01 Jan 2010


The report evaluates the impact of the UNDP-Government of India's Disaster Risk Management Programme against the National Disaster Management Framework and provides insights into the way forward.

The Government of India (GoI)-United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Disaster Risk Management Programme has been implemented in 176 districts in 17 states since August, 2002. The programme aims to reduce people's vulnerability to natural and man-made disasters through building community preparedness. The Asia Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) was entrusted with an evaluation of the programme that aimed to cull out the lessons learnt and recommend a way forward.

The evaluation was carried out with the national partner, the Sustainable Environment & Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), India in 14 states. This involved extensive field visits to programme districts and national consultations. The evaluation exercise focused on an outcome and output analysis, reviewed a broad gamut of strategies, appraised the key priority areas of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in India, reviewed progress made so far and identified a realistic timeframe to complete the remaining activities.

The evaluation was carried out through extensive visits to 14 states which included meetings with key officials at the state and district levels and visits to the programme areas. Information was collated and an analysis of outputs and outcomes was undertaken

Further, the overall impact of the programme as it relates to the National Disaster Management Framework (NDMF) and DRM Programme goals, objectives and Main Result Areas (MRAs) were also analysed. A framework of action for sustainability was developed keeping in mind the overall environment in the country and the progress made since the enactment of the Disaster Management Act in 2005. The evaluation also assessed the partnership strategy of UNDP and the GoI through an analysis of current and future initiatives.

Finally, inputs from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), UNDP, relief commissioners, other state government officers, State Project Officers (SPOs) and donors have been taken into account in the preparation of this report.

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