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In March 2017, Give2Asia and IIRR hosted a 5-day “Disaster Preparedness & the Power of Local Leadership” conference in Silang and metro Manila, inviting international donors, intermediaries, as well as practitioners all around Asia to share their experiences. I was fortunate to be the moderator of an exciting session called “Unleashing Innovation for Disaster Preparedness.”
In the session, Mr. Shamim Arfeen of Bangladesh’s AOSED demonstrated how he uses Information and Communications Technology, as well as capacity-building programs and establishing strong fishermen communities to help reduce flood damage.