Workshop method

HCTT Inter-Cluster Nexus Strategy Workshop, 19-22 March 2022: Humanitarian Coordination in Climate-Related Disasters – Bangladesh


Context of the inter-cluster workshop

The earth has seen more climate-related disasters than ever in the past two decades due to climate change. Thus, creating a more complex risk landscape and challenging the humanitarian system to do more at a higher cost than ever before. An estimated 206.4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance today, and the number of displaced people worldwide has reached more than 65 million, nearly double the number 20 years ago. Despite remarkable development initiatives and disaster preparedness interventions, Bangladesh also faced an economic loss of $4,120 million with 42 million people affected from 2014 to 2020 due to the natural disaster, which also hindered the development of the nation.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, define a new ambition: not only to meet needs, but to reduce risks, vulnerability and overall levels of need, providing a reference framework for actors humanitarian and development. contribute to the shared vision of a future in which no one is left behind. The 2016 World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) where they agreed to implement a “New Way of Working (NWOW)” that meets the immediate humanitarian needs of people while reducing risk and vulnerability by working towards collective results across silos, over several years, based on the comparative advantage of a wide range of actors, including those outside the UN system. A collective result is a concrete and measurable result that humanitarian, development and other concerned actors wish to achieve jointly, generally over 35 years, in a country to reduce ‘ ‘ the needs, risks and vulnerabilities of populations and to increase their resilience to climate-related disasters.

The United Nations Development Cooperation Framework in Bangladesh 2022-2026 signed with the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) is structured around five strategic priorities identified from the analysis of the overall theory of change as pillars where five strategic priorities have been defined where strategic priority 2, namely “improving access to and use of social protection “services”; and Strategic Priority 3 “Improving the resilience to climate change, shocks and disasters of the most vulnerable and marginalized ‘groups’, has been identified as priority issues for the Humanitarian Coordination Team (HCTT) aimed at achieving development , DRR and other relevant partners to engage in discussions on strategic and mutually reinforcing partnerships.

Recent advances and changes in the way humanitarian actors work create momentum to offer new ways of working for complex scenarios where humanitarian and development are prioritized alongside. The inter-cluster workshop lasted two days in residence and focused on reviewing and analyzing existing capacities and preparedness on the thematic aspects. The basic concepts of the workshop mainly revolve around the ideas of HCTT nexus strategies and strategic priority jointly. Literature and practice review first and foremost with the prism of effective capacity and tools discussed and analyzed through participatory approaches for each strategic priority. Second, based on the thematic presentations, existing practices were thoroughly reviewed to develop a collaborative action plan to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the HCTT-Nexus strategy in Bangladesh. Third, aspects were also elaborated on UNDRR’s action points and agendas at country level aligning with strategic priority 01 of the HCTT-nexus strategy.