'GO-NGO collaboration a must for disaster management'

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With climate change posing evermore threat to Bangladesh’s development, the government and the non-government organisations need to work together for an effective disaster management system.

Speakers came up with the view at a workshop titled “GO-NGO Collaboration in Disaster Managament: Bangladesh Context” organised by Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at its Agargaon office in the capital yesterday.

Noted economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, also chairman of the PKSF, said Bangladesh needs a huge investment to effectively deal with disasters and their aftermaths.

“However, we should not rely solely on foreign aid for that. Instead, we should make the best possible use of our available resources. And for that, a more intensive collaboration between the government and non-governemnt organisation is a must,” he said.

In the main presentation, PKSF Deputy Managing Director (Operations) Md Fazlul Kader said natural disasters in the past two decades have claimed around 2 lakh lives and inflicted damages valuing at least Tk 50,000 crore. “Climate change puts the country at an even bigger risk of such disaster in the future … So, it is time that the government strengthened its collaboration with the non-government organisation in planning and executing disaster management measures.”

Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Md Shah Kamal, who was the chief guest at the programme, lauded the PKSF’s role in sustainable disaster management measures and said the government was considering including the PKSF in the disaster management bodies at national and local levels. He also sought the PKSF’s suggestions on how to make the disaster preapredness and post-disaster reconstruction efforts of the government more effective.

Earlier, in the openning speech, PKSF Managing Director explained the importance of arranging the workshop. He urged the government to make use of the extensive network that the PKSF has in the grassroots to better prepare the vulnerable communities to deal with disaster situations.

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