PKSF organises a Workshop on GO-NGO Collaboration in Disaster Management
A workshop on “GO-NGO Collaboration in Disaster Management: Bangladesh Context” was organised under the Community Climate Change Project (CCCP) of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). The workshop that took place on August 23, 2016 at PKSF Auditorium was intended to figure out new directions in mitigating vulnerabilities and lessening the impact of natural disasters in Bangladesh. Officials of PKSF and CEOs/representatives of its fifty Partner Organizations (POs), among others, have participated in this workshop. The workshop was presided over and moderated by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, PKSF. Mr. Md. Shah Kamal, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, was present as the Chief Guest of the workshop.
Mr. Md. Abdul Karim, Managing Director, PKSF, in his welcome speech highlighted that PKSF is addressing the climate vulnerable areas in Bangladesh through 200 of its Partner Organizations (POs). Interventions are being made by about 8000 branches of these POs. He mentioned that best results can come out if the Government and NGOs work together for disaster management.
An exhaustive presentation was made by Mr. Md. Fazlul Kader, Deputy Managing Director (Operations), PKSF. He mentioned that PKSF has been working in disaster management since 1998 with its Disaster Management Loan (DML). Later it developed a Disaster Management Fund (DMF) in 2000 which has opened the door for providing grants particularly during emergency situations. During the devastating cyclones like ‘SIDR’, ‘AILA’, ‘Roanu’ and the flood of 2014, PKSF came up with effective interventions. In a further and intensive response to climate change adaptation, PKSF started implementing Community Climate Change Project (CCCP).
A lively open discussion followed the presentation. Participants’ insights and experiences were shared during this session. Mr. Kamal, the Chief Guest of the programme attached importance to the rescue of not only human lives but also of the livestock. Mr. Kamal suggested that the government and PKSF work jointly in arranging special training on disaster management.
PKSF Chairman Dr. Ahmad concluded with the remarks that Bangladesh has set an example in dealing with the pre-cyclone state. He assured that PKSF will carry on its operations to meet the needs of the distressed people during any type of disaster in Bangladesh. He urged that the dependency on donor agencies be reduced to uphold our high self-esteem.