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Thailand: Community-based Livelihood Support for Urban Poor Project Launch

October 15-16, 2013

Paiboon Watanasiritham Room, Community Organizations Development Institute (Public Organisation) - CODI

The World Bank and the Community Organizations Development Institute (Public Organisation) launch a project that will support poor communities in Thailand that were affected by the devastating 2011 floods and by subsequent flooding in 2012.

The World Bank and the Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) today launched a project that will support poor communities in Thailand that were affected by the devastating 2011 floods and by subsequent flooding in 2012.

The initiative is funded by a $3 million grant, provided by the Japan government through the Japanese Social Development Fund.

At least 3,000 families in 50 target communities are expected to benefit from the Community-based Livelihood Support for Urban Poor Project. The communities are located in Bangkok, Patumtani, Nonthanburi, Nakornsawan, and Ayutthaya.

The project, which will rely on the active participation of the affected communities, will target the most vulnerable families and will focus on housing and infrastructure rehabilitation.

Ultimately, the process will strengthen community organizations so that they can more effectively participate in community-driven post-disaster reconstruction in the future,” says Patricia Fernandes, the project team leader and also a World Bank social development specialist.

The project was developed following the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment of the 2011 flooding, conducted by the World Bank, Thai government, and other development partners.  Consultations with urban poor communities affected by the flood revealed that, while relief operations had provided much needed emergency assistance, the poor faced difficulties during rehabilitation phase. 

The flooding impacted the lives of many but most especially the poor,” says Amporn Kaewnoo, CODI Assistant DirectorThey were unable to repair their damaged homes because of costs and they lost their savings,”

The Community-based Livelihood Support for Urban Poor Project grant agreement was signed in April 2013 and, after preparatory work, is being officially launched today with a series orientation and training sessions aimed at community organizations.

Community-based Livelihood Support for Urban Poor (SUP) Project Launch

 

October 15

Project Launch 

8.30am – Welcome and Registration

9.00am – Video on Support for the Urban Poor Project – Disaster Risk Management and Community Engagement

9.15am – Project Introduction by Mr. Amporn Kaewnoo, CODI Assistant Director

9.45am – SUP Project Cooperation by General Surin Pikulthong, CODI Chairperson

10.00am – SUP Project Cooperation by Dr. Kirida Bhaopichitr, World Bank Senior Economist

10.15am – SUP Project Cooperation by Mr. Ryotaro Hayashi, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Thailand

10.30am – Opening Ceremony

10.40am – Break

Discussion and Training Sessions with the Implementation Team

11.00am – Learning and Exchange Panel on Community Participation in Disaster Risk Management

  • Ban Man Khong Office Manager
  • CODI Bangkok /Greater Bangkok Office Manager
  • Community Organization on Flood Disaster Representative
  • Local Government/Municipality Representative

12.00pm – Lunch

1.00pm – Overview of SUP Project Innovations by Mr. Amporn "Main innovations in implementation"

2.00pm – Small Group Discussion on Project Implementation Innovations (including working break)

  • Bangkok
  • Nonthaburi
  • Pathumthenee
  • Ayuthaya
  • Nakornsawan

3.15pm – Group Presentations

4.00pm – Session closure and review of the agenda for the following day by Mr. Amporn

October 16

Discussion and Training Sessions with the CODI Implementation Team (continued)

8.45am – Registration and welcome message by Mr. Amporn

9.00am – Financial Management

  • Overview of procedures by Malarak Souksavat  Financial Management Analyst, World Bank
  • Finance and Accounting by Mr. PansaTajaroensuk, CODI Project Coordinator
  • Community-based Financial Management activities by Mr. Pansa

9.45am – Monitoring and Evaluation Overview by Flavia Carbonari, Social Development Specialist, World Bank

Questions and Answers

10.20am – Break

11.00am – Social and Environmental Safeguards

  • Screening and mitigation of negative environmental impacts by Wasittee Udchachone, Environment Specialist, World Bank
  • Screening and documentation of voluntary land donation by Patricia Fernandes Social Development Specialist, World Bank

12.30pm – Remaining Questions and Answers and concluding remarks