AHP NGOs operating in Solomon Islands are Oxfam Australia, World Vision Australia, Caritas Australia/CAN DO, CARE Australia and Plan International Australia. Activities are being implemented with communities and local governments in all provinces across Solomon Islands, in Honiara, as well as nationally.
Solomon Islands program overview
At the community level, Disaster READY focuses on inclusive community-based disaster risk management to ensure that people with disabilities, women, children and other vulnerable groups are involved in disaster planning and that their needs are being met. Activities include strengthening preparedness and response leadership in village-based institutions and schools, implementing village and school disaster action plans and further connecting provincial disaster management offices and communities. Church facilities will be mapped for use as evacuations centres, church volunteer bodies will receive disaster risk management training and a church disaster secretariat will be established.
Disaster READY in Solomon Islands aims to further strengthen disaster management coordination and response mechanisms at all levels. This includes piloting a cash transfer program, working with local disabled people’s organisations, gender and protection capacity building at the national, provincial and community level, supporting the national disaster management office’s creation of a disaster information management system, strengthening local early warning systems and connecting the private sector to the disaster management network.
Disaster risk in Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. In 2017, the country ranked 6th on the World Risk Index. Solomon Islanders are at risk of cyclones, floods, storm surges, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides. Cyclones and storms are predicted to become more severe with climate change.
In the Solomon Islands Disaster READY is implemented by Australian NGOs and their local partners:
Caritas / CAN DO is in partnership with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Solomon Islands; Caritas Australia Solomon Islands; Anglican Church of Melanesia; Catholic Church; Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church; Uniting Church; South Seas Evangelical Church,
CARE Australia is in partnership with Live & Learn, Honiara City Council,
Oxfam Australia is in partnership with People With Disability Solomon Islands (PWDSI); Solomon Islands Red Cross; Provincial Disaster Management Office & committees; Community-based organisations / village development committees / provincial women’s councils / mothers club; National Disaster Management Office; Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture,
Plan International Australia is in partnership with the Solomon Islands Development Trust, Australian Volunteers International (AVI) Solomon Islands, and
World Vision Australia is in partnership with Provincial Disaster Management Office; Selected savings groups; Solomon Islands Meteorological Service; National Disaster Management Office; Australian Bureau of Meteorology.