Disaster Watch aid grassroots women's
collectives to exchange learn and evaluate disaster response initiatives
and the performance of government and aid agencies.
First held in Gujarat in February 2002, a year after the earthquake, when
a team of women from disaster sites in Turkey and India travelled there
to monitor institutional support for women communities.
In June 2004, a team of Turkish women leaders
visited the earthquake-affected areas of Bam in Iran with members to transfer
their insights on organising women around childcare and income generation
In January 2005 grassroots women from maharashtra
(who had similar experience in Latur earth quake in 1993) visited tsunami
affected areas of Tamilnadu and shared their experience.
In 2006 Grassroots women from Tsuami affected villages of Tamilnadu visited
Sri Lanka to share their learning in health, water and sanitaion.
In 2008 Sri Lankan grasroots women
visited Tamilnadu to learn the livelihood initiatives in post tsunami
In February 2009 Grassroots women leaders from Kenya and Nigeria visited
Maharashtra to learn and share sustainable livelihood iniatives. This
was also an opportunity for Indian grassroots women to learn the intervention
in HIV/AIDS by women groups in Africa.
Community led Assessment
Disaster planning is usually top down. Reversing this trend,
information generated by community-based organisations is key to sustainable
disaster risk reduction strategies. As a first step of this initiative,
assessment guidelines workshops, evaluations were held in Turkey , India
, Jamaica and Honduras.
Practitioner Policy Dialogues
Such dialogues bring together NGOs
and CBOs and key stakeholders to provide space for grassroots groups to
effectively demand infrastructure and services investments. A team from
Turkey and GROOTS International visited Bam in Iran in June 2004 to evaluate
the interventions by the Govt, and multilateral agencies.
TRAINING ON DISASTERS
World Bank Hazard Management Unit GROOTS International
members working on community-level disaster response gave a training programme
to World Bank staff and academics on April 6, 2004.
Our Life, Our Film
From an insider's perspective, this unique film, directed by
eight women from the earthquake-ravaged region of Kutch , India takes
stock of their struggles in rebuilding their lives.
Chaos to Creativity
A GROOTS film on three disaster sites
in Honduras , India and Turkey . Children speak of the impact of disasters
while local women come out as problem solvers in the community.
Eight Kadin Cooperatives in the Marmara region manage women and children
centres, organize savings and credit groups, run helplines, negotiate
catering contracts and link to local authorities.
A book by Max Martin, was published by Books for Change in 2003.
It is an account of women breaking barriers, rebuilding habitats and restoring
livelihoods after the earthquake in Gujarat.
OUTREACH AND NETWORKING
Documenting Our Practice
Innovative solutions add to the growing volume of knowledge
that new groups can access and learn from on bottom up recovery strategies
and advocacy methods they have used to make institutions accountable.
This interactive platform (www.disasterwatch.net) acts as a
node for sharing local initiatives and up streaming lessons from grassroots
A quarterly e-update to inform field activists, researchers and policy
makers on grassroots initiatives in disaster reduction.
Pools together information on communityresponse and initiatives in South
Tsunami Dec 2004.