This paper investigates whether or not participation in micro-finance self help groups results in reducing poverty and vulnerability. the paper focuses on a case study of India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)-initiated Self-Help Group (SHG).
AIDM has created a three-month course to address the urgent need to raise awareness levels of the general public. The courses are aimed at officers of the defence forces and other professionals.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has integrated a short course on Disaster Management in the 8th, 9th and 10th standard school curriculum (10% of the total social science syllabus) and provided teacher-training programs across the country. The curriculum covers the nature and types of hazards, natural and manmade disasters and need for their management, efforts made in different regions towards disaster preparedness and mitigation, the role of communities and schools, partnerships with the government and non-governmental agencies, the use of technology to combat disasters, and survival skills. The board also intends to introduce Disaster Management in Geography, Sociology, and Environmental Education in the 11th and 12th standard.
GOLFRE is a group of internationally based universities and non-profit organizations that have created a three month certificate course on disaster awareness, preparedness, and response for school teachers and field practitioners. Material is either distributed by electronic media or by post. This program is implemented in India by the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS).
IRCS has started a Diploma Course in Disaster Preparedness and Rehabilitation aimed at increasing the capacity of the managers in Government and Private Sector for effective disaster response and rehabilitation. They are also finalizing a Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) model for the Training of Trainers.
The NDM Section of the Ministry of Home Affairs in India has information for the public on disaster preparedness, response and mitigation including Children's Color Activity Book for Disaster Preparedness and information on the School Awareness Safety Programme. The Ministry of Home Affairs has also compiled a set of disaster resource materials to be translated and disseminated by state governments based on their vulnerabilities. One of the four sections included is education and training.
A National Steering Committee for Media Campaign and Publicity Relating to Disaster Management in India has been organized to devise a nation wide awareness campaign as part of the governments overall disaster risk management strategy. The committee plans on using print and electronic media, postings in places with high public visibility, and messages on government stationary (postal letters, railway tickets, and airline boarding cards) to promote their message.
The Government of India is implementing the World Bank assisted National Cyclone Mitigation Project in nine states and four Union Territories that are vulnerable to the risks of cyclones. The plan includes the creation of shelters, warning systems and public education.