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Communities & local authorities

Meeting the needs of decentralized rural and urban development in northern Burkina Faso based on a strategy of using local human resources and skills, bringing together civil society actors and local authorities for the reduction of poverty and sustainable regional development.

Between 2009 and 2013 this DW project is supporting the definition and implementation of a policy of rural and urban economic development in northern Burkina Faso based on the use of local human and material resources.

Development Workshop France has been working with Viet Nam’s Commune Local Governments since 2000 to make construction cyclone resistant. Training, education and public awareness has resulted in more resilient homes and communities, and genuine local leadership of disaster risk reduction. This has increased recognition of disaster risk reduction at local and provincial levels of government. Importantly, Commune Local Governments are now networking with each other to share experiences and expertise, spreading the benefits of the project to other Communes
and even internationally.

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Part 2 the compendium links the risks in local housing to the appropriate measures to be adopted locally to achieve safer houses (or public buildings). These appropriate safe construction measures are based on the guiding principles of safe flood and cyclone resistant 10 key principles of  construction tested in various regions of Vietnam by Development Workshop and by the Thua Thien Hue provincial Department of Construction and through their application in different regions of Vietnam and elsewhere worldwide.

Part 3 of the Compendium proposes

DW supports and strengthens interactions between local authorities and civil society; whether in the context of decentralised development (Burkina Faso) or in disaster risk reduction and community empowerment to address their own needs and educe their own vulnerability (Viet Nam). Helping communities develop local skills to address emerging needs and challenges so that they can position themselves as key players in the execution of development and mitigation actions supported by local municipality authorities.