The UN World Risk report 2016 identified Cambodia as one of the top-10 most disaster-prone countries in the world. This is largely due to an overall lack of coping capacity and lack of adaptive ability throughout the country, especially as it pertains to basic needs during a disaster event.
In June 2017 a new project phase of “Building Disaster Resilient Communities in Cambodia” has started. With 1 Million EURO funding from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Operations Office (ECHO), ActionAid Cambodia extents their work with disaster vulnerable communities in Kampot, Pursat and Phnom Penh. The project is jointly implemented with consortium partners People in Need (PIN) and DanChurchAid (DCA), and will end in November 2018. It is expected to reach over 167,000 people.
The project will work at all levels of the Cambodian Disaster Management structure, from national to village levels, in order to increase people’s Disaster Preparedness and Resilience. To raise awareness of young Cambodia’s the project extends their work in school, teaching children about disasters, how to prepare for, and get ready before a natural disaster strikes.
A particular focus by ActionAid Cambodia is put on women in Disaster Management, providing targeted Disaster Risk Reduction and Management trainings, thereby promoting women to engage in decision making processes at all levels.