Community involvement is crucial to the success of disaster relief and preparedness programs in Bangladesh, an aid official with years of experience working in the South Asian country has noted.

“Communities have been living with disasters for much longer than we have been talking about disaster risk reduction,” said Dilruba Haider, a director of Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Center, a non-governmental organization, told IRIN. “Unless you involve communities and give them the feeling that this is their project, as soon as you withdraw, the whole thing collapses.”

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    Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.