High Praise for Sustainability Frontiers’ Disaster Risk Management Work in Pakistan
Since March 2014 Fumiyo Kagawa and David Selby of Sustainability Frontiers have worked with the Pakistan arm of the Austrian international development organization, HOPE’87, on education-sector and school-based disaster risk management in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Their work in 2014 involved developing a cascade-style school-based disaster risk management training program and manual (provincial to district to school level). Their subsequent work in 2015/16 has led to a widening, diversifying and deepening partnership with HOPE’87 and its sister organizations. Writing from Islamabad, Ahmed Abbas, Director of Operations, HOPE’87 Pakistan, describes developments over the last two years and has this to say about the quality of consultancy offered by the SF team:
HOPE’87 started its cooperation with Sustainability Frontiers in 2014 by engaging them to develop a training of trainers (TOT) and teacher training manual around the concept of School Based Disaster Risk Management (SBDRM). Ever since then the cooperation has become stronger and wider, till now jointly we have achieved many milestones including testing and updating the TOT and teacher training manuals, a training needs assessment (TNA) and knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey of education managers and subsequent development of an education manager manual, a study of linkages between community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) and school-based disaster risk management (SBDRM), the revision of the provincial parent teacher council (PTC) guidebook to make it DRR sensitive, and the development of PTC awareness raising materials. Above all the SF team have conducted a review and reworking of a document, the first of its kind in Asia on school safety, the Pakistan School Safety Framework (PSSF). Throughout this journey, their work has been of very high quality and successful in putting the desired messages across at all levels, resultantly attaining the ultimate targeted goals. Their language and style of writing is very effective, concise and highly productive. Fumiyo and David make a great team, the quality of their work and professionalism is not only highly appreciated by HOPE’87, but by all with whom their work has been shared from the Education Department to donors to civil society partners to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), to name a few. We look forward to a long-term working relationship in the years to come.
For details of the 2014 consultancy, click here
For details of the 2015/16 consultancy, click here