Steve Kraus

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

DRR-Young Leaders Fellowship

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


DRR-Young Leaders Fellowship

DRR-Young Leaders Fellowship aims to build the technical capacity of local governments to support the localization of BIPAD portal at the municipal level. Localization of BIPAD portal is carried out at the municipal level by trained and informed DRR enthusiasts. They 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 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.

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


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

From YI-Lab’s experience of working with MoHA/NDRRMA/NEOC 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. DRR enthusiasts who are trained and informed technical fellows equipped with the understanding of BIPAD portal are placed in the project municipalities to work closely with municipal DRR and IT officers. They assist in the day-to-day capacity transfer and support the municipalities to collect, digitize, and validate disaster-related datasets and integrated them into the BIPAD system. As a whole, fellows will be capacitating the municipalities so that the municipalities can collect, manage, and operationalize the system, ensuring their ownership and sustainable operation of BIPAD portal.

With the fellowship program, project municipalities will be equipped with technical capacities and experienced fellows will be graduating 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. The fellowship 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.


BIPAD Portal successfully localized in 14 municipalities.


The first cohort graduated in April 2021 and the second cohort is ongoing.



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