South-South cooperation in action: Launching of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on disaster-related statistics in the last quarter of 2020

South-South cooperation in action: Launching of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on disaster-related statistics in the last quarter of 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020
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With the completion of the Disaster-related Statistics Framework (DRSF) and endorsement of the Committee on Statistics in 2018 and the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction noting the work in 2019, the next task was to lead efforts in the implementation of the framework and capacity development in the region through a Technical Working Group (TWG).

Three meetings were held in 2020: the inaugural meeting last 28 October; in 25 November and 16 December. A regular agenda in the meetings is the sharing of good country practices in the region on the implementation of the DRSF. Among those presented were the “One Disaster Data Indonesia” and the “Bangladesh National Disaster Survey 2020”.

The Indonesia One Disaster Data is disaster statistics framework developed by the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) and BPS-Statistics Indonesia, integrating the myriad data sources from government agencies; and harmonizing and standardizing the concepts and methods of measuring cross disaster events. It is a measurement framework that is consistent and mutually agreed upon in policies, agreements, and coordination at the national and sub-national levels. It is regarded as the major data reference and information on disasters for the government’s policy making on disaster risk reduction and management.

The Indonesia One Disaster Data includes data management and statistics on disaster risk, occurrence, impacts and recovery, and financing of disaster management activities at all stages of disaster management in accordance with Law Number 24 of 2007.

Bangladesh is regarded as one of the world’s most vulnerable and disaster-prone countries. In 2015, the Bureau of Bangladesh Statistics (BBS) took the initiative to strengthen disaster and climate measures. This is by conducting the National Disaster Survey 2015 to generate the baseline data on household characteristics, disaster-induced losses in key sectors, health conditions, status of vulnerable populations, disaster / climate knowledge.

While Bangladesh has already addressed many disaster / climate challenges, there are still concerns with regards to mainstreaming disasters into development, partly due to: complex accountability among agencies, lack focal points, lack technical expertise and gaps in disaster data. The Bangladesh National Disaster Survey 2020 is being prepared to update the data of 2015 and address these concerns.

More detailed information related to the TWG on disaster-related statistics may be found here.