Regional Development Coordinator Asia & Pacific
Rouf, our Asia Regional Development Coordinator comes from Bangladesh. He brings more than ten years of expertise in planning, designing & implementing monitoring & evaluation processes for social development, using multiple development methodologies. Rouf, a “results-oriented Development Activist”, has recently worked for Oxfam GB and Concern Worldwide in Bangladesh, coordinating post-disaster humanitarian interventions.
In 2009, he was a key piece of the development of a Monitoring & Evaluation framework for the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP), a UNDP-led initiative regarded as the flagship DRR program in Bangladesh. Among his accomplishments are having managed the biggest ever shelter project of Oxfam GB in Bangladesh and successfully coordinating the Local Economic Governance Program of The Asia Foundation. Also in Bangladesh, he coordinated the NGOs Network for Radio and Communication.
Rouf holds a Master in Development Management and a Master in Business Administration. Across the region, he has worked in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines and he is fluent in English and Bengali, his mother tongue. Rouf joined GNDR in February 2014 and is now based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Why I joined GNDR
Hi there! This is Mohammad Abdur Rouf; you can call me Rouf. My country, Bangladesh, has a staggering population of 180 million for a small land mass of 144,000 km2 (roughly a quarter of any average US state size). Due to its location, it is exposed to recurrent natural disasters throughout the year such as water logging and drought (slow onset) and cyclones, tropical storms, and seasonal and flash floods (rapid onset). The country is very vulnerable toward the consequences of climate change and, due to its urban settlement patterns, the risks of earth quakes, building collapse, and fire outbreaks are high.
Both by living and working with disasters, I got it for certain: they are the critical loophole to development. Disasters have an inherent capacity to bring down the economically graduated population back to their starting point (vicious cycle of poverty). Asia, despite its reputation as an emerging power, is expected to be the hit the most by climate change. It’s high time for us to work towards building resilience; but as we all know, it’s a big task. A network like GNDR can essentially bring in synergy among our individual efforts and make this big task achievable.
On the personal front, I like to read; playing with new gadgets is also my passion.
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