13 Jul 2023

Nepal’s second National Dialogue on Anticipatory Action

Nepal’s second National Dialogue on Anticipatory Action, held in May 2023, marked a significant milestone for the country’s work to foster discussions and progress around this approach. Held under the theme ‘Connecting science and policy with actions for communities’, it built upon the success of the first national dialogue, which took place in 2022.

The event demonstrated the remarkable solidarity and collaboration around anticipatory action in the country. More than 50 organizations participated, with stakeholders from diverse sectors. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) hosted the dialogue, with the Nepal Red Cross Society and Danish Red Cross as co-hosts.

The event covered a wide range of topics, delving into the many aspects of anticipatory action. Several discussions revolved around empowering local municipalities and communities to play an active role in implementing anticipatory measures. Emphasizing the development of community-centric early warning systems, participants explored strategies to enhance preparedness and response capabilities.

The crucial role of anticipatory action in addressing health-related hazards, particularly amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, also received significant attention. Participants deliberated on effective risk-communication approaches, the establishment of national information systems, the implementation of shock-responsive social protection programmes, and the development of mechanisms for disaster risk financing.

A core objective for the national dialogue was to promote collaboration and coordination among government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and local communities. By fostering partnerships and drawing on the collective expertise, the national dialogue also aimed to tackle the challenges posed by climate change and its impact on disaster risks. Through identifying successful practices, addressing existing gaps, overcoming obstacles, and establishing milestones, the stakeholders present could set out a united path forward for disaster risk reduction and management.