On April 26, 2023, Disaster Preparedness Network- Nepal (DPNet) hosted an information session about the International Training Programme - Disaster Risk Management. The aim of the session was to disseminate information about the International Training Programme (ITP) - Disaster Risk Management, which will be organized by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) from August 2023 to September 2024. The information session was attended by 71 participants, including various stakeholders and experts in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM).
Dr. Raju Thapa, Vice Chair of DPNet and Coordinator of ITP Nepal Alumnai Disaster Risk Management, delivered an informative presentation to ensure the fruitful involvement of DRRM stakeholders in the International Training Programme. During his presentation, Dr. Thapa explained that the International Training Programme (ITP) in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is offered by The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to organizations in Bangladesh, Nepal, and the Philippines. Dr. Thapa provided an overview that the ITP DRM supports participating organizations in strengthening, adapting, and maintaining capacity over time. He explained that the program focuses on peer learning, sharing, and networking and follows an evidence-based adult learning methodology approach, with four training phases and runs from August 2023 to September 2024 and includes both online and in-person activities. He enlightened that training is open to technical experts and middle management representatives who hold a strategic position within their organization in relation to the tentative change initiative, have at least five years of relevant work experience, are proficient in English, must be nominated by their organization and apply with a change initiative, which can be either a new or ongoing initiative within the organization, and can have either an internal or external focus.
Mr. Suraj Gautam, Executive Committee Member of DPNet and an alumnus of ITP, shared his experience and the importance of various provisions regarding ITP. Mr. Gautam highlighted the significance of thoroughly understanding the root causes of a specific problem related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRR) before applying for the training program. He emphasized the importance of having a clear and well-defined plan on how to create a tangible impact in the DRR domain after attending the program.
Ms. Suneeta Khatiwada and Mr. Nishan Aryal, current participants of ITP, shared their experiences during the application process and classes. They provided a detailed account of the application process, highlighting the key components of the application and the critical factors that the selection committee considers while evaluating the applicants. Additionally, they shared their experiences of the classes, outlining the challenges and opportunities they faced and how the program has helped them in enhancing their knowledge and skills in the field of Disaster Risk Management.
Dr. Raju Thapa addressed and resolved the queries raised by the participants regarding the topic and application procedures. As a subject matter expert in Disaster Risk Management, Dr. Thapa's explanations and insights were highly informative and enlightening, providing the participants with a clear understanding of the program's expectations, requirements, and benefits. Dr. Thapa patient and diligent approach towards addressing the participants' queries was highly appreciated and ensured that the participants received comprehensive responses to their concerns.
Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chair of DPNet, extended his best wishes to all the participants in their pursuit of participating in the International Training Programme - Disaster Risk Management. Drawing from his vast experience in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Mr. Thapa shared his valuable insights on working with the ITP Alumni and how the program has significantly contributed to strengthening the capacity and skills of professionals in the DRR domain. Mr. Thapa's inspirational words and vast knowledge in the field of DRR were highly motivating for the participants, encouraging them to pursue excellence and make meaningful contributions in their respective organizations and communities. Mr. Thapa's vote of thanks was a fitting tribute to the collaborative and collective efforts that made the session an informative and enriching experience for everyone involved.
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