Development Workshop works with some of the poorest communities in the world, developing local capacities to improve lives and livelihoods. For over 30 years we have provided training and technical assistance to enable local people to deal with environmental challenges and natural disasters in more than 30 countries.
In 1989, DWF (with GRET) implemented the “Storm resistant building techniques” component of the first international DRR project in Vietnam, in Binh Tri Thien Province (a UNDP/UNCHS project following the devastating typhoon Cecil of 1985).
Since 2000, DWF has had an established office in Hue, and has carried out many projects (funded by Canada, European Union, France, IFRC…) to demonstrate, train, disseminate and advocate for the need and possibility to protect the built environment facing the increasing impact of natural disasters: promoting practices to achieve safe housing policy and
The ECHO funded project (300 000 €) has been approved, and will start for implementation from April to September 2014 in 3 Provinces (15 Communes in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue). Project will support 800 families to rebuild/strengthen/reinforce their house damaged last year to become resilient to natural disasters. Project will also develop a safe construction information campaign in the target areas.
This study is part of JANI (Joint Advocacy Network Initiative 2012-2013) project, funded by ECHO.
The history and civilisation of Vietnam stretch back to ancient times, but the country also has a long history of natural disasters. Water has always brought prosperity, enabling rice farming in irrigated fields, but it has also caused destruction and poverty as a result of repeated flooding. Settlements on the country's long coast-line have exploited sea products (including nước mắm or fermented fish sauce in brine) and seized opportunities for trade, but they have equally been in the path of
DWF, as technical partner, and based on the lessons of earlier DWF/RC collaboration, has just completed a reconstruction programme, funded by IFRC and implemented by the Vietnamese Red Cross, in 3 Provinces of Mekong Delta, with support to 189 families to rebuild their house. Cash grants from 35 to 45 Millions VN Dongs (1 650 to 2 250 US$) - technical design and standards for safe housing by DWF. In this first phase the construction of each house, by families and their own hired builders, has been completed in September.