For my first participation, GNDR’s Summit in Kuala Lumpur has been an opportunity for me to meet the plurality and diversity of the members of the network in order to draw valuable lessons from their experiences. The proposed agenda and the different sessions ensured collaboration and knowledge sharing from the lessons and best practices coming from all the members that improve the livelihood of communities.
I particularly appreciated the interactive session on the inclusion of people living with a handicap and gender led by Carlos Kaiser of the NGO Inclusiva and Sussana Urbano of RET International. Unfortunately, we often do not put enough effort in Africa towards supporting the inclusion of the most vulnerable members of a community while devising disasters risk reduction initiatives. This Summit provided us with the appropriate tools that will enable us to improve the situation.
Finally, as a local partner of GNDR in the implementation of the Community Based Disaster Risk Management project that aims at the institutionalisation and sustainability of disaster management by communities, my presence to this summit enabled me to share and exchange on the first activities of the project and mutualise my experience with other partners.
Sani Ayouba, Executive Director of JVE Niger