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AHP NGOs operating in Fiji are Plan International Australia, Caritas Australia/CAN DO and CARE Australia in partnership with Live and Learn. Activities are being implemented with communities and local governments in Western Division (Ra Province) and Central Division (Tailevu Province), as well as nationally.

Photo caption: Save the Children Australia's WASH adviser, Andi Dyah, talks to the head teacher at Barotu Primary School, northeast Fiji. The school was badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016. ©Robert McKechnie/Save the Children

Photo caption: Save the Children Australia's WASH adviser, Andi Dyah, talks to the head teacher at Barotu Primary School, northeast Fiji. The school was badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016. ©Robert McKechnie/Save the Children

Fiji program overview

At the community level, Disaster READY will focus on inclusive community-based disaster risk management to ensure women and people with disabilities are involved at all levels. This will include building community awareness, knowledge and preparedness for disasters, community disaster planning, the mapping of churches and other buildings as evacuation centres, volunteer training, strategic warehousing of supplies, and support for psychosocial and child protection activities. A training guide and awareness program will be developed for the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

Disaster READY in Fiji aims to strengthen coordination mechanisms among humanitarian actors and improve approaches to humanitarian action which meets the needs of women, men, children, people with disabilities, LGBTQI people and the elderly. It will support the NDMO, selected sub-national governments and other key humanitarian organisations, including with training, advice and organisational support.  

Disaster risk in Fiji

Resilience to climate change and disaster preparedness are priorities for Fiji, an archipelago of more than 300 islands. The population of approximately 900,000 people are exposed to a range of hazards, including tropical cyclones (resulting in high winds, storm surges, and heavy rains), storms, floods, drought, earthquakes and tsunamis. The Government of Fiji recognises the importance of integrated climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness.

Implementing partners

In Fiji, Disaster READY is implemented by Australian NGOs and their local partners: 

  • Plan International Australia is partnering with Partners for Community Development Fiji (PCDF); Empower; Ministry of Women and Social Welfare; Save the Children Fiji; Pacific Disability Forum (PDF); Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation (FDPF); Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Fiji; Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service – NDMO

  • CARE Australia (Live & Learn) is partnering with the National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service – NDMO; Divisional Commissioner’s Office - West; Provincial Administrators (PAs)/District Officers (DOs)/ Area Councillors

  • Caritas Australia/CAN DO is partnering with the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF); Ministry of Women and Social Welfare; Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development; National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service – National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)

  • Save the Children, Oxfam (Pacific Cash Preparedness Partnership) National Disaster Management and Meteorological Service – NDMO; WFP; UNICEF; Oxfam; Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts