7th CDM Conference: Belling the Cat: UK-AID calls for more accountability in regional resilience planning and spending

Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 3rd, 2012, (Panos) - Thirty thousand lives have been lost and US$366 billion accrued in direct and indirect losses arising from disasters in 2011, according to Roger Bellens: Disaster and Risk Reduction Advisor to  DFID Caribbean.

Speaking at CDEMA 2012 conference in Montego Bay Jamaica, on December 3, he noted the determination of the UK Development Fund to do things differently going forward, including asking regional planners to be more accountable for funds spent.At a forum presentation entitled Resilience and results sponsored Aus-AID/CIDA/DFID, Bellens articulated a new global approach to resilience.“Losses arising from disaster is money which could have gone to development. It is only going to get worse. We have got to do it differently…

We have got to be much more holistic, looking at links to climate change and livelihoods, underscoring these as development issues.”The Disaster Risk Management consultant spoke during the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)’s 7th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management on December 3.The conference is on at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 3rd – 7th, 2012, convened under the theme: “CDM: Building Disaster Resilience – A Shared Responsibility.”According to Bellens, DIFDs budget for disaster mitigation has been raised from 10 per cent to 30 per cent.“It is our hope that the investments which are being made into disaster reduction on the ground leads to change. We are trying to persuade others to invest more in risk reduction. The only way we are going to do that is to show it works,” he stated.The UK governments Department for International Development (DFID) leads Britain’s fight against global poverty, delivering 77 billion pounds sterling in UK AID to more than 60 countries around the worked in 2010/2011, including emergency response after disasters.DFID’s contribution to CDEMA’s Harmonised Implementation programme (HIP, joint with CIDA and AusAID) supports national programmes that result in safer communities and more resilient communities in the Caribbean.

 

Source: Avia Ustonny, Panos
Blog: http://cdmconference.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/belling-the-cat-uk-aid-calls-for-more-accountability-in-regional-resilience-planning-and-spending/ 

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