AHP NGOs operating in Vanuatu are CARE Australia, World Vision Australia, Oxfam Australia, Plan International Australia, Caritas Australia/CAN DO and Save the Children Australia. Activities are being implemented with communities and local governments in the Shefa, Tafea, Penama, Malampa and Sanma provinces, in the capital Port Vila and nationally.
Vanuatu program overview
At the community level, Disaster READY focuses on community-based disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, ensuring a balanced gender representation and including people with disabilities and a stronger youth voice. Activities include strengthening female leadership, governance and capacity building for the community disaster and climate change committees, supporting community-based structures to drive long-term protection of women’s rights and resilience to disasters, evacuation centre management training, psychosocial first aid training, protection programming and support to women to conduct assessments and develop disaster action plans.
Disaster READY in Vanuatu aims to strengthen disaster management coordination and communication between humanitarian actors at all levels. This includes building the capacity of provincial disaster and climate change committees to respond to local disaster events, supporting provincial emergency operations centres, advancing gender, disability and social inclusion leadership and capacity within national clusters and the national disaster management office, and building humanitarian capability within provincial and national government education and training departments.
Disaster risk in Vanuatu
The Republic of Vanuatu is the world’s most at-risk country for natural hazards. The people of Vanuatu are at risk of volcanic eruptions, cyclones and earthquakes as well as drought and flooding. With a population of approximately 280,000, Vanuatu spans more than 80 islands, many of which are also highly vulnerable to climate change-induced hazards such as sea-level rise, coastal erosion and storm surge. Cyclones and storms are predicted to become more intense in a warming climate.
In Vanuatu Disaster READY is implemented by Australian NGOs and their local partners:
Caritas Australia/CAN DO in partnership with Vanuatu Christian Council and member churches,
CARE Australia in partnership with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO); Department of Women’s Affairs (DWA); Gender and Protection cluster partners including Vanuatu Society for People with Disabilities (VSPD); Disability Promotion and Advocacy Association (DPA); Vanuatu Women’s Centre; Vanuatu Humanitarian Team partners; Tafea Provincial Government; Nasi Tuan,
Oxfam Australia in partnership with NDMO; VSPD; DPA; Wan Smol Bag; and the Shefa Provincial Council.
Plan International Australia (ActionAid) in partnership with DWA; Women I TokTok Tugetha (WITTT); Pacific Disability Forum,
Save the Children Australia in partnership with Sanma Provincial Government and Area Councils, and
World Vision Australia in partnership with Sanma Provincial Government and Area Councils.