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Djibouti’S Disaster Risk Management Fails

According to LA Nation the following article is in the vague context of a sustainable and harmonious development of the Republic of Djibouti.

Reducing risks

Yesterday at the center of study and research of Djibouti (CERD), the respective holders of ministerial portfolios of Higher Education and Research, Interior, Infrastructure and Transport sponsored the signatures of conventions ratified by the Director General of the CERD on the one hand, and other key officials of the Executive Secretariat in charge of risk management at the University of Djibouti and the National Meteorological Services. These signatures are only the beginning of a global process whose outcome will allow institutional players to be better prepared to manage preventive and reactive against possible disasters.

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The regime’s attentiveness to seek funding is not something out of ordinary, as usual the regime in Djibouti has wasted no time to apply the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) funding without first preparing right accountable management in place with sound procedure.

University of Djibouti President Omar Abdillahi Bouh, recent arrival from Ottawa Canada, a former assistance professor of chemistry of Ottawa University, he is not only familiar the interior of the country but he also never have lived the long enough to acquire a necessary experience for making a crucial decisions.

After the regime had been criticized for the limited perception and understanding of natural disaster risk among key stakeholders and within government agencies, The regime committed these personalities on board of this lucrative project not only to show GFDRR funding that it has lined-up the best talented team in Djibouti, but also to cover up the previous mismanagement.

Perhaps the logical government agency to deal the harsh and frequent Mother Nature disaster is Planification currently under minister of finance.

Djibouti has received $2 Million from the GFDRR only more than Ethiopia with population of more than 80 million with little or nothing to show off.

Few gadgets to be installed in interior of the country isn’t going to help the poor pastorals.  We need to build capacity for better risk management at all levels—engaging governments, civil society, the private sector, communities, and individuals, the regime needs to comprehend appointing few technocrat is not a solution.

As we all know the city of Djibouti is prone to flash-flood, many times the city of has declared disaster a zone and international assistance is required. A recent World Bank study indicates that annual economic losses resulting from the  april 2004’s flash floods at Oued d’Ambouli, exceeded DJF 1.8 billion (approximately uS$ 11.1 million),  caused 230 fatalities and severely affected about 20,000 households. The flash floods caused grave damage to services, roads, bridges, health facilities, and school.

According to GFDRR the regime in Djibouti miserably fails on; 

1 Disaster Risk Reduaction: the rigime in Djibouti has indicated a little or no activity to streamline disaster risk reduction and assisting sustainable recovery to help eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

2 Government Commitment: a lack of concrete evidence of country-owned plane on the table is mind-boggling.

3 Disaster Recovery Coordination: time and time again, the regime has shown a chaotic coordination response to disaster recovery, a lack of distributing the assistance provided to target the affected population has been prevalent.

4 Partnership: Promoting inter-agency cooperation based on the comparative advantage of the organizations and collaborating of what’s priority simply has been there.

5 Demand Driven: the absence of needs-based proposals and clear evidence that affected communities have participated in the formulation and prioritization has been troublesome.

About labo22

Hi, this is Labaale your average concerned citizen of Horn of Africa, we’re really worried about the stability of this war torn region, we have the worst dictators from around the world, ironically supported by the Western Countries supposedly the advocators of democracy, transparency, good governance and human Right, If regime change is really needed this is the place to start, we have no short of rootless dictators from MELES Zenawi of Ethiopia,ISMAIL Guelleh of Djibouti,RAYAALE Kahin of self-declared Somaliland and ISAIAS Afwerk of Eritrea.


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