Assessment on the Operationalization of DRR System at Local Level in Ethiopia (ASIST- Dejene Biru & Amanuel M. Dibaba 2018)
For the last 7 years, the Government of Ethiopia has been working to institutionalize Woreda Disaster Risk Reduction Planning (WDRRP) which involves developing Woreda Disaster Risk Profiles (WDRP) and DRR plans. The government has so far prepared the WDRRP for close to half of the Woredas in the country. However, in many cases the plans are under-funded and their realization suffers from limited government capacity in designing, budgeting and implementation. Weak understanding of DRR by stakeholders, lack of contingency plan and budgeting for DRR seems to be the main drawbacks. This mission aims at exploring the degree of institutionalisation of the community risk management initiatives implemented in different areas of the country to identify lessons learned and best practices that could be extrapolated to the public sector. The study examines the status of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) system at Woreda and Kebele levels as well as identifies opportunities to better execute the program with coordinated support from both state and non-state actors. The findings of this assessment will be essential for improvement of the implementation of the DRM system at local level in Ethiopia as well as for the formulation of future resilience programs in the country.