Two years on from Cyclone Nargis, UNDP continues to assist the people of the Ayeyarwady delta through the Integrated Community-based Early Recovery Framework (ICERF). ICERF is a two-year framework within the parameters of the UNDP Executive Board approved Human Development Initiative (HDI-IV), and provides a strategy to restart, adapt, expand and accelrate activities to meet the needs of the cyclone affected communities.
Current activities focus on:
- Providing shelter reconsruction assistance to the poorest village households;
- Preventing increased prevelance of gastro-intestinal and other diseases through provision of fly-proof latrines and basic hygeiene training;
- Rehabilitation of potable rainwater collection facilities, whilst ensuring emergency dry season delivery of life-saving potable water supplies;
- Reconstruction of basic community infrastructure;
- Assisting farmer groups to undertake paddy cultivation,anddistributionnof agricultural inputs;
- Providing grants to non-farming households;
- Providing on-the-job training to local villagers;
- Reviving and expanding Self-Reliance Groups;
- Conducting participatory village planning on organised disaster response; and
- Training village Early Recovery Committees to improve their ability to manage a range of community development activities.
UNDP Myanmar’s ongoing early recovery efforts also encompass revival of the microfinance project, health, water and sanitation activities and environmental rehabilitation. Disaster risk reduction, gender mainstreaming, HIV/AIDS prevention, psycho-social support and other cross-cutting issues are being integrated as UNDP continues its support to the people of the Ayeyarwady delta.