Views from the Frontlines (VFL) Malaysia

Project Views from the Frontlines (VFL) Malaysia
Objectives

• To measure the progress of the five priorities for action items defined by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Malaysia • To gather the views and opinions at local level

Project Partners Global Network of Civil Society Organisation for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
Activities

• Participated in Global Conference of CSOs for DRR at GNDR London • Attended the regional coordinating meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Locations Nationwide
Period October-November 2010
Accomplishments

Learning points from the two meetings used for work plan for 2011

Background

In 2008, MERCY Malaysia was selected as the National Coordinating Organisation (NCO) by the Global Network of Civil Society Organisation for Disaster Reduction (GNDR) to implement the Views from the Frontlines (VFL) action research in Malaysia. The VFL focuses on five Priorities for Action defined by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA). MERCY Malaysia has successfully implemented the pilot phase of the VFL survey in Malaysia, approaching local governments and community representatives in areas deemed more at-risk to disasters and getting their views on disaster preparedness. In 2009, MERCY Malaysia has completed the pilot survey for VFL in Malaysia that contributed to the Global VFL Survey 2009.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

In January 2010, MERCY Malaysia was represented at the Global Conference of CSOs for DRR organised and hosted by GNDR in London, attended by close to 80 network members from around the world – CSOs, government agencies and donor organisations. It was agreed that the VFL initiative was critical and essential, especially in terms of stakeholder engagement, information gathering and promoting collaboration for effective disaster risk reduction. Although the pilot phase has much room for improvement, the VFL was deemed unique as it encourages dialogue and engagement from various stakeholders at all levels; local, national and international. A regional coordinating meeting was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 1-4 November 2010, attended by National Coordinators from Malaysia (MERCY Malaysia), Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Cambodia. The discussion was centered particularly on the approach, method and means for each country representative to support each other on the implementation of the next phase of the VFL in the regions of South Asia and South East Asia. The meeting was hosted by Save the Earth Cambodia, who is also our ADRRN partner. MERCY Malaysia has started discussions with GNDR regarding the next phase of the VFL which will begin early 2011. As a whole the VFL hopes to gather and represent local opinion on DRR from across developing nations in the world to a wider audience at the national and international level.