Flagship 4 has developed 9 minimum characteristics of disaster-resilient communities in Nepal that should be included as a minimum component in community based disaster risk reduction projects.  These agreed indicators have been designed in consultation with Government of Nepal, INGOs, NGOs, UN, donors and Red Cross / Red Crescent movement.

Using these 9 minimum characteristics of a disaster resilient community, FLAGSHIP 4 aims to ensure that communities receive consistent community based disaster risk reduction support.  The minimum characteristics also provide a means through which Flagship 4 can effectively track progress towards increasing disaster resiliency at VDC level across the country.

Flagship 4 advocates to implementing partners, donors and government for the inclusion of these minimum characteristics into existing and planned CBDRR projects.  

The characteristics do not suggest any specific modalities / activities / processes for how each CBDRR project should achieve these characteristics. However, some further guidance on these aspects will be developed during the development of the Flagship 4 programme.

9 Minimum Charactertistics

1. Organisational base at Village Development Committee (VDC) / ward and community level
A functional organizational base at VDC / ward and community level for the implementation and sustainability of disaster risk reduction (DRR), which addresses the issues of protection, social inclusion (including gender balance), community ownership and participation and follows DRR initiatives.

2. Access to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) information

Coordination mechanisms and partnerships to enable access to DRR information involving local, district and national level government structures, civil society organizations, private sector and vulnerable groups, including linkages with key institutions such as schools and hospitals.

3. Multi-hazard risk and capacity assessments
Ongoing, systematic, participatory, multi-hazard risk and capacity assessments which enable the monitoring and evaluation of DRR at VDC and community level and which link into district and national monitoring and evaluation systems.

4. Community preparedness / response teams
This involves community teams that are trained and equipped to provide hazard warning and evacuation information, light search and rescue and basic first aid.

5. Disaster Risk Reduction / Management plan at Village Development Committee / municipality level
A plan at the local level which meets the Flagship 4 minimum requirements listed and is regularly updated, implemented and tested.

6. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Funds
Funds accessible to communities for priority disaster risk reduction activities which are available at VDC / ward level and/or through community resource mobilization efforts.

7. Access to community-managed resources
Access to community-managed resources such as human and materials at VDC / ward levels for DRR initiatives.

8. Local level risk / vulnerability reduction measures
VDC / ward level initiatives on identification, prioritization and application of local level risk / vulnerability reduction measures.

9. Community based early warning systems
Inclusive, community based early warning systems that are integrated with VDC / ward, district, regional and national early warning systems.