Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme

What is the project about?

Promoting volunteerism in reducing disaster vulnerability. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

The Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) is a flagship collaborative initiative of the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and UNDP. Its core objective is to strengthen national capacity to manage risks related to disasters, as well as the immediate response and the recovery efforts. It is done through a comprehensive approach that focuses on all hazards, all phases of disaster management, and is involving all relevant stakeholders.

The first phase (CDMP 1) laid the foundations for institutionalizing a risk reduction framework and Phase II (CDMP II) is designed to further expand this pioneering approach. CDMP’s activities include knowledge building and policy support with and through the government, as well as community level interventions to reach the most vulnerable section of the population. Communities are now integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures and are more resilient.

CDMP focuses on achieving the following six objectives:

  • Strong, well-managed and professional institutions capable of implementing a comprehensive range of risk reduction interventions;
  • Reduced risks to rural and urban populations through raising awareness and empowering communities;
  • Improved overall effectiveness and timeliness of disaster preparedness;
  • Improved and broadened measures to ensure government ministries’ budget include disaster provisions;
  • Implemented community-level interventions to be best prepared from disaster risks from a changing climate.

What have we accomplished so far?

Building on the successes of the first phase, CDMP II generates major impacts at both policy and grassroots levels.

At the local level

  • Around two million people at vulnerable rural localities benefitted of community level projects.
  • 19,000 urban volunteers and professional responders received training on search and rescue.
  • 200 Upazilas (lowest tier of governance in Bangladesh), across the 40 most vulnerable districts, developed adaptive agriculture measures to be more resilient in the face of climate change.
  • Nine major cities developed earthquake risk maps, contingency plans and implemented urban risk reduction interventions in densely populated areas.
  • Improved school safety and household response preparedness.
  • Early warning generation, institutional capacity and the dissemination mechanism developed and operationalized.

At the national level

  • Disaster risk reduction regulations are now included in all ministries and government departments’ planning and budgeting processes.
  • Vital policies and frameworks were developed, including the Disaster Management Act, Disaster Management Policy (Draft), Standing Order on Disasters (SOD), National Plan on Disaster Management (2010-2015), Cyclone Shelter Constructions, Maintenance and Management Guidelines 2011, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Disaster Management Framework.
  • Disaster management was established as field of academic study in the elementary and secondary education curriculum, tertiary education degree programmes, and professional government and private training institutions.

Who Finances it?

Donor Amount (in million)
United Kingdom Department for International Development $ 20,000,000
European Union $ 17,000,000
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperatio $ 16,880,000
Australian Agency for International Development $ 8,320,000
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
$ 7,000,000
UNDP $ 6,000,000
Government of Bangladesh $ 960,000

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2012 $ 13,817,000
2011 $ 7,129,000
Project Overview
Project start date
01 January 2010
Estimated end date
31 December 2014
Geographic coverage
Direct intervention: 40 Districts, Indirect intervention: Nationwide.
Focus Area
Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.
MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
Project Officer
Dr. Puji Pujiono
Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Department of Disaster Management and Relief (DDM), Ministry of Education, Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Women & Children Affairs, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Ministry of Land, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Local Govt. & Rural Development, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Ministry of Defense.
Project Documents
Project Document