EU-Bhutan Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction

When there is full ownership by the country, external assistance can really contribute to make a difference and create a success story

Project or report lab
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
09:00 to 10:15

Bhutan has achieved astonishing results in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), especially in the Education Sector, also thanks to DG ECHO support since 2011. Bhutan is an excellent example of the possibility of achieving sustainable results with limited funds if there is an adequate level of governance and ownership. For Education, Disaster Management and Contingency Plans have been prepared at all levels, producing training manuals and interactive teaching and learning materials for school safety. DRR has not only been included in the new Teacher Curriculum but also among indicators for teachers’ evaluation. Bhutan is aiming to have full inclusiveness in the disaster preparedness for vulnerable and disabled children, through an individualized evacuation plans per such students.

Organised by


Paola Albrito
Chief Regional Office for Europe
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Raffaella Iodice
Head of Unit
European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
Androulla Kaminara
Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and Pacific
European Commission - DG for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operation
Ned Olney
Country Director Nepal and Bhutan
Save the Children
Jigme Thinley Namgyal
Director General
Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs - Department of Disaster Management, Bhutan