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Improved social and economic opportunity for girls
strengthened UK-India global development partnership that will facilitate the sharing of development experience, expertise and policy positions
The proposed project will address three global challenges suggested by the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in their report on "Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review", namely: 1) Building political leadership critical for the success of disaster risk reduction and management; 2) Building Urban Resilience; 3) Capitalise on innovative space technology applications and emerging technology. The key measurable objectives (with equal priority) that will be executed in addressing these challenges are: 1. Develop a Resilience Framework that defines the factors that constitute vulnerabilities, resilience capacities and the relationship between them. This can be used by agencies to develop dynamic resilience measures of physical infrastructure, health, economic, organisational and social capacities. 2. Investigate how teamwork among the disaster management agencies in low-/middle-income countries could be enhanced through digitally-supported collaboration processes. This work will investigate enhancement of current organisational structures and collaboration processes in order to exploit the benefit of the interactive collaborative technologies that will be developed within the project. 3. Develop a web-based collaboration platform that can support collective vulnerability assessment and mitigation, involving multi-agencies. It will comprise a dynamic information model that can capture and visualize social, environmental, economic and infrastructure vulnerability over time and space for various disaster types. This will allow agencies to identify hot spots and take preventative measures to reduce disaster impact. 4. Develop a decision support system (DSS), based on spatial system dynamics, that can be used by multi-agencies to assess the vulnerabilities, risks and consequences of hazards on critical infrastructure. This will allow agencies to propose and evaluate protection, mitigation, response and recovery strategies and options in building resilience. This DSS will also be capable of providing real-time support for decision makers during crises and emergencies. 5. Extend the above web-based collaboration platform (Objective 3) for use during disaster response phases by integrating real-time data (weather, 2D satellite data, crowd-sourcing). This added functionality will allow agencies to overlay emerging hazards over the vulnerability information and take informed decisions to mitigate the disaster impact (i.e. moving vulnerable people in advance). 6. Implement a novel 3D collaborative environment that allows remote teams to get an accurate picture of a disaster event through 3D satellite data and analytics. It will connect remote disaster response teams and will allow them to collaboratively access near real-time 3D satellite information to plan their disaster response activities. It will allow them to study structural movements, flood damage, environment damages etc. and have a clear understanding of the dynamically changing disaster-hit region.