From Vulnerability to Resilience

Capitalizing on public investments (V2R+ project)

The V2R+ Project of Bangladesh is a part of Zurich Insurance Group’s Global Flood Resilience Programme. This global programme (2013-2018) is also being implemented in Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal and Peru.

While Zurich is catalyzing this venture, Practical Action’s role is technological innovation, IFRC’s is global reach, and Wharton Risk Center & IIASA’s is knowledge for action. Learn more about Practical Action’s international role.

This V2R+ Project (July 2013−June 2017) aims to improve the resilience of 60,000 flood-vulnerable households of 17 unions (the lowest government units, as the project sites) of two districts of Bangladesh. The initiative builds upon the learning and best practices of recently completed V2R Project (2009−14) supported by the Z Zurich Foundation. It further capitalizes on the effective use of weather forecasts, flood early warnings and technological innovations and improved disaster governance to reach its goal.

All images © Zurich Insurance Company Ltd; photography by Elisabeth Real

The overarching Goal of the V2R+ Project is to improve the resilience of 60,000 households of 17 flood-vulnerable unions of Sirajganj and Bogra by effective use of weather forecasts, flood early warnings and technological innovations and improved disaster governance.

This project is working towards following 3 Objectives.

  1. To scale-up learning from V2R Project through extension to 10 core unions, benefitting 3,000 flood-vulnerable households
  2. To make weather forecast and flood early warning effective for 60,000 households of 17 unions (10 core + 7 additional) of 2 flood-prone districts through institutional and community resilience innovations
  3. To improve the understanding of national actors on flood resilience-innovation for scaling up at the national level

The project is expecting to achieve 4 Outputs:

  1. Best practices and innovations piloted for vulnerability assessments and community resilience
  2. Community secure access to climate resilience information and learning through institutional innovation
  3. Improved governance sustains community-led initiatives
  4. Drawing on learning from V2R and V2R+, knowledge  on community resilience generated, captured and shared

The major Activities of this Bangladesh component include improve local governments’ vulnerability assessment and planning processes, scale-up V2R best practices, support community-led DRR innovations, develop innovative Local Resilience Agents (or Skilled Volunteers) to support communities, establish innovative weather forecast and advisory service based upon existing public systems, connect local bodies with national funds, make flood resilience technological solutions available, establish learning platforms with relevant stakeholders, and conduct learning studies.

To implement the project, Practical Action brings together government, non-government, and research organizations and private sectors – at both national and local levels − to build resilient communities through technological innovations. It also brings in its internal experiences and strengths lying with DRR and Climate Change Programme, Practical Action Consulting and Practical Answers.

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