[FoME] GIZ Training Handbook: "Reporting Diaster and Disaster Preparedness"

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Do Apr 25 15:46:44 CEST 2013

Reporting Disaster and Disaster Preparedness: A Training Handbook
New Delhi: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
(GIZ), Nov. 2012, viii + 122 p.


>From the Foreword:

Disaster risk management (DRM) is a task that requires contribution
from a variety of actors, including government at national, district and
local level, NGOs, industry and business and civil society. Media plays
a very important role before, during and after a disaster.

The main objective of the media component of the Environmental Planning
and Disaster Risk Management (EPDRM) programme of GIZ in India is to
enable journalists to better and more efficiently perform their roles,
functions and tasks in the context of DRM, i.e. information to the
public, awareness building with regard to disaster risks and
preparedness, warning in case of disasters, information on response,
relief and reconstruction. In order to achieve this objective, the
project has been planned under diff erent components, viz., orientation
workshops for the practicing journalists in different
high-on-disaster-risk states; facilitating a virtual platform for
information exchange and knowledge sharing among participants from the
orientation workshops as well as other experts; and developing
curriculum on reporting disaster for the journalism students of various
Indian journalism institutes. Orientation work-shops were conducted in
seven states (Tamilnadu, Odisha, Gujarat, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Assam and
Punjab) during 2010-2011. A Facebook community and a web portal have
been established to facilitate the virtual exchange among the
journalists and thematic experts. 

In order to extend awareness and capacity building activities related
to disasters to journalists, the project also facilitated development of
a curriculum on reporting disaster to be used in journalism departments
of universities and media training institutes. A core-group of experts
and trainers from media training institutes, as well as from other
relevant organizations was formed, which deliberated upon the overall
structure and outline of the DRR curriculum required to be introduced to
the students of journalism. A team of authors and editors had then put
together the contents of the curriculum along with guidance on how to
use the contents, which is being produced in the form of this handbook.
Th is curriculum was piloted in September this year, with journalism
students in the North Eastern Region of India, and inputs on the
training methods used were also received from faculty members during a
ToT of this curriculum. 

This Training Handbook on "Reporting Disaster and Disaster
Preparedness" provides basic concepts, case studies, and examples that
can be customized as a module in a course or an entire course as part of
the overall curriculum of a journalism course in Indian universities and


Christoph Dietz
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Tel.: 0049 - 241 - 70 13 12 14
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christoph.dietz at cameco.org 

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