POST-DISASTER MANAGEMENT

POST-DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SERVICE RESTORATION CAPACITY BUILDING IN 12 PROVINCES

RESULTS OF GSP/TAQADUM POST-CONFLICT CAPACITY BUILDING EFFORTS WITH ANBAR AND SALAH AD DIN FTTS REVIEWED

BAGHDAD On September 21, GSP/Taqadum met with Anbar (15) and Salah ad Din’s (16) Field Technical Team (FTT) members and reviewed the following activities, and related levels of performance that have occurred as a direct result of the capacity building the project has been providing over the last 12 months.

 

 

Results of GSP/Taqadum Capacity Building Efforts

Anbar Governor’s Office Technical Advisor, Mr. Jasim Mohammed, presenting achievements made by the Field Technical Team (FTT)

Both FTTs:

  • Performed assessments of damaged infrastructure in their respective regions using the sector-specific Damage Assessment forms developed in cooperation with GSP/Taqadum. Some of these assessments have resulted in the development of repair and restoration projects. According to Anbar Governor’s Chief Advisor, Mr. Jassim Mohammad Abdullah, the GSP/Taqadum-developed Damage Assessment forms are highly appropriate to the situation and related decision-making process, and provide the provincial post-conflict planners with comprehensive damage evaluations. Anbar requested additional capacity building to train more staff in how to perform these assessments.
  • Reported that GSP/Taqadum’s capacity building efforts have helped the FTTs’ members to focus, organize, unify efforts, and set priorities to projects they have identified.
  • Reported that they are better positioned to seek out and attract funding from and secure cooperative projects with international donors. To date, the main entities sourced for funding have been the UNDP and Red Cross, with proposals for large infrastructure projects submitted to the Iraq Reconstruction Fund.
  • To a large degree, they have used the Post-disaster Recovery Action Plans, developed during GSP/Taqadum workshops. However, given the liberation of many areas took place in a short amount of time, the workload of each FTT member is greater than their capacity to perform all of the needed Damage Assessments in their respective sector at this time.

Salah ad Din:

  • The FTT’s line of communication with the Governor’s Office was affected by the replacement of Deputy Governor, Mr. Ismaeel Khudair Haloob, who up until he left, was deeply involved with the team and its activities. Assistant Governor for Technical Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Mohammad Faraj, said he would not only work with the FTT but also act as its conduit to the Governor’s Office.
  • The FTT does not yet have a designated office from which to operate and meet both with other members and with agencies (such as the UNDP, Red Cross, Civil Society Organizations, World Health Organization, etc.).
  • Reported that many provincial directorates are not informed about the FTT or its functions.
  • Working in isolation, the FTT lacks financial and moral support and has requested the Provincial Council institutionalize their team in order to separate them from political influence.

Anbar:

  • FTT members reported that what they learned in the GSP/Taqadum Post-conflict workshops regarding the concept of Internally Displaced Persons’ Welcome Centers has proven to be very beneficial and effective.