VIEWS FROM THE FRONTLINE MALAYSIA 2009

Project VIEWS FROM THE FRONTLINE MALAYSIA 2009
Objectives

The Views from the Frontline (VFL) aims to measure the progress of the “Hyogo Framework for Action” (HFA) at the local level across developing nations and regions in the world.

Project Partners -
Activities
Locations Kelantan, Pulau Pinang, Johor, Sabah, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur
Period 2009
Accomplishments

Overview

MERCY Malaysia was selected by the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) as the National Coordinating Organisation (NCO) in Malaysia to carry out the “Views from the Frontline” (VFL) action research project.

The VFL focuses on the HFA’s five Priorities for Action, which are; 1) Governance, 2) Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Warning, 3) Knowledge and Education, 4) Underlying Risk Factors, and 5) Preparedness and Response.

As the NCO, MERCY Malaysia was responsible for coordinating and carrying out the ground work for VFL in Malaysia, which is to gather the views and opinions from local stakeholders.

The average score for Malaysia of the HFA progress at local level was 2.8 on a scale of 1 to 5, which suggests that Malaysia has a foundation of knowledge and practice in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), but with much room for improvement.

The key recommendations from this result are to strengthen the following:

1) Mainstreaming DRR into plans, policies, and programmes,

2) Public awareness

3) Community-based programmes.