SUPER – Strengthening Urban Public-Private Programming for Earthquake Resilience

Disaster Risk Reduction
Prevention and Preparedness
Response and Recovery


ActionAid Bangladesh, United Vision, World Vision Germany, World Vision Bangladesh


DG ECHO- European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations


National Alliance of Humanitarian Actors (NAHAB), START Fund, Emergency Subcommittee of International NGOs (ESC), Government Ministries and Departments, Disaster Management Committees of city corporations, , Agency for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Fire Brigade and Civil Defence (FSCD)

Objective of the project

We want to increase national capacity and coordination of disaster management, particulalry earthquake risk management (EQDRM) in urban communities in Bangladesh.

Abstract of the project

Although the Bangladesh government has made progress towards strengthening public sector resilience to natural disasters, challenges remain in integrating the private sector into disaster risk management activities. In order to fill this gap, the SUPER project supports the identification of enhanced earthquake risk management (EQDRM) interventions already in place between government, NGOs, private sector and development actors to identify areas of collaboration, establish coordination protocols and mobilise private sector resources and expertise by promoting synergies for better preparedness and response to future disasters and crises.

Context analysis

Bangladesh is situated at the juncture of the three tectonic plates and the active interaction of these plates resulted in several major active faults in the country. Although the movement of these plates has historically been at a relatively low level, increased seismic activity increases the risk of earthquakes in the region. The risk and expected impact are exacerbated by rapid development and population growth. In cities like Dhaka, many buildings have been constructed in an unregulated manner for a long time without following the proper construction design and methods based on the National Building Code and with low quality material. Initial steps have been taken by the government to establish an earthquake preparedness and response structure and related policies. These efforts have generated key results, but it is critical and urgent that the private sector be incorporated into the EQDRM and incentivised to participate and invest in this critical phase of the country’s development.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The project is implemented in Dhaka (Bangladesh). 

Implementation Period

01/06/2020 - 30/06/2023



The project will target community members, key private sector actors, representatives of international NGOs and UN clusters, representatives of government ministries and local government in Dhaka, for a total of nearly 127,905 individuals and 60 organisations.


Local communities in Dhaka and nearby areas.

Project Strategy


Component I:

  • Establish the Private Sector Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) in synergy with the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC)
  • Develop the private sector emergency response team and ensure coordination with the urban search and rescue team
  • Facilitate coordinated lobbying, advocacy and campaigning initiatives targeting duty bearers and non-governmental humanitarian actors

Component II:

  • Conduct awareness sessions on risk-informed financing targeting the Capital Development Authority of the Government of Bangladesh (RAJUK), the Real Estate & Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB), the Bank of Bangladesh and the Non Banking Financial Institution (NBFI)
  • Support in organising a nationwide private sector-led knowledge and innovation platform for earthquake preparedness and disaster risk management
  • Communication and social mobilisation through media to promote a culture of earthquake risk aversion involving children and youth


  • 1 active Private Sector Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC)
  • Private sector emergency response team established
  • Joint public-private lobbying and advocacy initiatives implemented
  • 1 national knowledge and innovation platform operational
  • Communication and awareness-raising activities implemented


  • Coordination mechanisms and synergies are established between the private sector, governmental and non-governmental actors to strengthen urban emergency preparedness and response
  • Synergy between various levels of response agencies, authorities, private sector and communities is initiated in a coordinated manner

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