Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah (R.)

Project Introduction:
According to the Humanitarian Vision of Oxfam, all priority-1 countries, with the support of the regional center, will have the capacity to deliver all Category 3 and most Category 2 responses using their own resources. Bangladesh is a priority-1 countryand is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world facing disasters annually due to its geo-morphological nature and high vulnerability. In the last 10 years Bangladesh has experienced three Category 2 disasters (flood of 2004; flood of 2007; and cyclone Sidr of 2007) and two Category 3 disasters (flood of 2006; and cyclone Aila of 2009). On an average, Bangladesh experiences a Category 2 disaster every two or three years and a Category 3 disaster every year.As the Oxfam Single Management Structure (SMS) is progressing, four Oxfam affiliates– Oxfam Great Britain (OGB), Oxfam Netherlands (ON), Oxfam Australia (OAus) and Oxfam Hong Kong (OHK)- has come together and developed the Joint Country Analysis and Strategy (JCAS) for effective emergency response. As part of capacity development process, Dhaka Ahsania Mission will get the opportunity to have effective response capacity.Goal and Objective:
Main purpose of the project 

To contribute to measurable improvements in the living conditions of disaster affected men, women and children in Bangladesh.
Specific objective:

To ensure an effective and efficient response to the particular needs of women, men, children and other socially excluded marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Outputs Results Outcome:
Result 1: Increased technical capacity2 of Oxfam and selected local partner organizations to respond to an emergency in a timely and effective manner.
Result 2: Increased surge capacity at Oxfam and partners’ level in major sectors such as EFS-VL, WASH, etc.
Result 3: Improved practice of accountability through capturing, documenting and disseminating lessons and demonstration of those when applying emergency programming.
Result 4: Improved coordination among the key stakeholders (government and NGO’s) through joined and coordinated effort in preparing for and initiating emergency response.
Result 5:  Increased numbers of women in a transformational leadership role to manage, coordinate strategic partner organizations.

Who the project will serve/is serving (gender disaggregated data if possible by category of recipients)
Selection of strategic partners

20 strategic partners including Dhaka Ahsania Mission are in the process of being selected for this project. A primary list of strategically selected partners was made on the basis of the following criteria and their emergency capacity was reviewed, documented and shared with each respective partner.

  • Partners must be Oxfam partners (any of OGB/OAU, OHK, ON).Must have experience in implementing Oxfam response or recovery programme successfully in them past.
  • Must have presence in one or more hazard prone location where Oxfam is likely to respond if an emergency occurs.
  • Agree with Oxfam’s humanitarian vision that ‘Oxfam together with partners should be able to undertake initial assessments on the first day after a disaster and start to deliver assistance within three days.
  • Agree with Oxfam’s vision to grow in ‘Emergency Public Health’ and ‘Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihood (EFS-VL) sectors especially in cash based programme.
  • Must have strong interest to build emergency capacity and willingness to put conducive policies and plan in place that would help in responding to emergencies timely and effectively.

The project will directly work with 5,000 households or 25,500 persons living in the most vulnerable and disaster-prone areas of Dewangong Upazilla of Jamalpur District. These beneficiary figures are on the higher side because of the mass awareness activities planned under information, education and communication and local disaster management sector. The direct beneficiaries are those communities and institutions in geographic areas targeted due to their extreme vulnerability to earthquakes, floods and river-erosion. In these areas, special consideration has been given to socially excluded and marginalized community members who are most vulnerable to disasters.

Project Beneficiaries:

Name of Area

House Holds


School Teachers


School Management Committee Members


Dewangong, Jamalpur.







Project Duration:    01 July 2011 – 30 June 2014 (03 years)

Start date: 1st July’2011

Financial partner (Donor): Oxfam, GB

Project Location/s and number of Field offices:

    • Dhaka Head Office
    • Dewangong Upazilla of Jamalpur District.

Budget with annual breakup:  July’12 to June’13: BDT – 1,905,224/=

Number of project staffs and volunteers :   Project Staffs: 06 Nos   ; Volunteers: 280

Contact Person   :     Md. Jahangir Alam, Coordinator, DMU

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