Strengthening emergency preparedness systems in Myanmar

It is expected that communities in the Thanlwin Basin in southeast Myanmar will be faced with an increasing number of extreme events in the near future, yet they have little access to crisis information and there are few local planning mechanisms for preparedness and response.

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About the project

Major flooding events and flash floods in 2013 and 2014, and the planned construction of seven dams over various river courses (in addition to 13 other dams in upstream China), may lead to more flooding in the future. Local response to crises is also often complicated by the parallel governance mechanisms of the government controlled areas and areas controlled by non-state armed groups.

This project aims to strengthen the links among national, subnational and local level preparedness in Myanmar. The primary focus will be on strengthening the capacity of local communities and structures to access information and link with the preparedness and early warning systems in the country.

It will empower communities by enabling their access to forecast and early warning information, improving their capacity to utilise such information for crisis response and making decisions about their livelihoods. It will also empower them by supporting stronger ownership of and participation in local contingency planning, and better positioning their frontline emergency response.

By working in partnership, coordinating and collaborating with multiple stakeholders, the project will carry-out multi-hazard risk assessments and technical inputs. And by creating an appropriate institutional and policy environment the project will ensure the sustainability of the outcomes.

The project aims:

1. To make sure coordinated and coherent preparedness plans are owned and led by local communities
2. To improve the system of joint planning, coordination and communication on preparedness, early warning and response between and among key stakeholders
3. To create a framework for scalable and replicable learning on preparedness planning and programming.

Who is involved?

The project is delivered through a consortium led by Christian Aid; and including Danchurchaid, the Myanmar Government Agency for National DRR Action, and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazar Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES).

Where is the project taking place?

The project will focus on 50 villages in Southeast Myanmar, in the Southern Shan, Kayin and Mon states.


The three year project is funded with £945,698 from UK Aid, part of the Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).


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