Steve Kraus

"Communities are the foundation stone for global disaster resilience."


Creating the next generation of DRR Young Professionals to enhance disaster resilience communities.



DRR-YLF project aims to build the technical capacity of local governments to support the localization of BIPAD at the municipal level. Localization of BIPAD will be carried out in 14 different hazard-prone municipalities by a cohort of 14 trained and informed DRR enthusiasts. They will work closely with municipal DRR and IT officers for a period of five months. A separate sub-domain has been created for each municipality. The trained fellows will support local governments to set up sub-domain at the municipal level along with assisting them to collect, digitize, and validate disaster-related datasets and integrate them into the BIPAD system. In doing so, it will unlock the local government’s capacity in finding areas and communities that are at high risk due to disaster, vulnerable populations that might require the immediate attention of the governments as well as the critical infrastructures available for effective preparedness and response during emergencies. 


Every year the country suffers from a significant loss of life, physical assets, livelihoods, and environmental damage due to natural and non-natural disasters. Often the impacts of these disasters could have been minimized through effective decisions and actions on preparedness, however, the current mechanism to address disasters has been more focused on responsiveness than preparedness. 

Nepal Government has put the BIPAD system in place, however, localization of BIPAD has been a challenge. A level of initiation has already come up from the government to localize BIPAD at the Provincial level. The hands-on training on BIPAD has been provided at the provincial level for five provinces – Bagmati, Gandaki, Province 5, Karnali, and Sudurpaschim Province. However, these two-days training is not enough for the local levels to grasp the overall concept of BIPAD and institutionalize the system because of the technical constraints they suffer. For understanding BIPAD and its day-to-day use, some level of technical competency is needed that is currently lacking at the provincial and municipal levels. 


DRR-YLF program provides a bridge to minimize the technical gap for the localization of BIPAD at the municipal level by mobilizing trained and technically informed fellows. It will further help municipalities to play a crucial role in disaster data partnerships. 

From YI-Lab’s experience of working with MoHA/NEOC/NDRRMA in transferring technical capacity, it has been evident that deploying a technical person to support government capacity can be an effective medium to capacitate and institutionalize technical knowledge. The fellowship program uses a similar modality. 14 DRR enthusiasts who are trained and informed technical fellows equipped with the understanding of BIPAD will be placed in the project municipalities to work closely with municipal DRR and IT officers. They will assist in the day-to-day capacity transfer and support the municipalities to collect, digitize, and validate disaster-related datasets and integrated into the BIPAD system. They will also support the digitalization of resources such as education, health, and industries available at the municipalities and incorporate them into the integrated portal. As a whole, fellows will capacitate the municipalities so that the municipalities can collect, manage, and operationalize the system, ensuring their ownership and sustainable operation of BIPAD 

With this project, 14 municipalities will be equipped with technical capacities and 14 experienced fellows will be graduated who will be the next generation DRR professionals. 


The fellowship program with a core objective to transfer technological capacity at the local level by placing trained and qualified fellows at the municipalities for five months is the first of its kind in Nepal. It connects the dots of involving young people with government representatives in leading a transformative change in DRRM. In addition, sub-domains for each project municipality are developed to localize BIPAD at the local level. The program further provides an exciting opportunity for intergovernmental collaboration in the sector of disaster and data partnership as disaster data input from one system is interlinked to all other systems. Most important of all, it provides low-cost technology in DRR where municipalities can store data at the local level that will enable them to collect, manage, and use DRR information for informed decision making.


Impact yet to be measured.


The project is currently in the implementation phase and will be running from June 2020 to April 2021, unless changed due to the ongoing pandemic, COVID-19.


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