WFP facilitates South-South Exchanges on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness and Response in Jordan and Indonesia

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World Food Programme Country Offices in Jordan and Indonesia facilitate South-South and Triangular Cooperation to support strengthening national capacities in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness and response

In February 2022, the Governments of Jordan and Indonesia joined hands through WFP-facilitated SSTC to exchange knowledge and experience in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness and response (EPR). WFP Country Offices in Jordan and Indonesia enabled a virtual exchange between the two countries to share Indonesia’s good practices in impact analysis and risk monitoring focusing on drought upon request of the Government of Jordan.

The virtual exchange started with Jordan’s National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) – the national custodian and main coordinating body – presenting the local context, including key challenges that the country faces concerning climate shocks such as high vulnerability to droughts, earthquakes, landslides and other biological hazards.

Following that, Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) presented the country profile in relation to disaster and climate risk and provided an overview of the early warning system for drought in Indonesia. The BMKG monitors disaster early warnings through innovative platforms.

During the exchange, the Indonesia National Disaster Management Office (BNPB) of Indonesia presented its experience on monitoring different disasters, particularly floods. BNPB is also providing prevention and mitigation information through platforms such as InaRisk to help map disaster-prone areas and closely collaborates with partners in responding to drought-affected areas to ease the burden on affected communities and households.

The virtual exchange also enabled WFP to share its experience as a partner for technical assistance by presenting its innovative Platform for Real-time Impact and Situation Monitoring (PRISM) that can serve as an inspiration for NCSCM in Jordan. PRISM is a solution developed by WFP that assesses the potential risks and analyses the impact of climate hazards on the most vulnerable communities, in order to design risk reduction activities and target disaster responses.

Currently, PRISM is being utilized to augment country capacities in DRR and EPR in countries like Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. A key takeaway of the virtual exchange is that WFP should continue fostering South-South partnerships to enable policy dialogue for optimizing governance systems around drought risk management between Jordan, Indonesia and potentially other countries.

This virtual exchange comes as the first SSTC activity that will complement WFP technical assistance to Jordan’s NCSCM in strengthening capacities in EPR and enhancing the effectiveness and timeliness of the national response to shocks and hazards through establishing a system to improve disaster risk analysis, and visualization.

WFP will continue supporting the Government of Jordan throughout this process and brokering SSTC to leverage knowledge and experience that can help countries achieve their national priorities in relation to SDG 2.

This initiative received financial support through seed funding from WFP’s COVID-19 South-South Opportunity Fund managed by the global SSTC team in the Programme – Humanitarian and Development Division (PRO).

For more information about the virtual exchange and country experiences contact (Global SSTC Team in Headquarters) at WFP Country Office in Jordan, and/or at WFP Country Office Indonesia.