Emergency response simulation in Nepal. Photo: Deepak K.C., UNDP Nepal

Disaster Risk Management- Knowledge Management Center

Access to of all kinds of disaster risk management (DRM) materials via a single hub is a unique way to disseminate and foster knowledge for better preparation.

Case Study

Disaster Risk Management-Knowledge Management Center

HFA Priority

HFA Priority 3: Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels

Abstract

Access to of all kinds of disaster risk management (DRM) materials via a single hub is a unique way to disseminate and foster knowledge for better preparation.

The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Management Center (DRM-KMC) – a unique hub to collect, collate and manage DRM materials – was established in Tribhuvan University (TU) Central Library in Nepal on September 30, 2013.

The center, an initiative of TU-Central Department of Environmental Science in collaboration with the TU-Central Library and the United Nations Development Programme, collects, collates and manages all kinds of DRM materials produced by agencies in the library system through KOHA software. This center is now becoming highly significant, not only to academicians, but also to all development practitioners and any interested persons.

Context

Various materials have been produced on DRM in Nepal but there was significant gap to access all information from a single location.

Location

Tribhuvan University Campus, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

How was the problem addressed?

DRM-KMC established and there is now access to research materials, text books, other academic learning materials including various information, educational and communicational (IEC) materials on disaster management in a single hub.

TU, Central Department of Environmental Science has played a significant role in establishing the center by purchasing the various DRM materials and supporting the operational facilities of the Central Library under its Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Academia project funded by UNDP. Now the TU, Central Library is operating the hub and TU-CDES coordinates DRM stakeholders to collect and purchase materials.

What were the main challenges and how were they overcome?

Take ownership and making the programme sustainable was the big challenges for TU-Central Library. Regular consultation meetings with TU-Central Library with concerned ministries and other DRM stakeholders encouraged appreciation for the initiative and TU-Central Library took ownership to lead with its library systems.

Lessons learned

There was really a big need for such a knowledge management center in Nepal and collaborative efforts were the impetus.

What could have been done differently and why?

Ministries (particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs – MoHA) were not equipped to collect and manage the various DRM materials. In coordination with MoHA, TU-CDES collaborated with TU-Central Library to integrate everything into the library system and expand the visitor base because TU-Central Library is one of the biggest libraries in South Asia.

Results

Easy access to all kinds of DRM materials.

Measuring Success

The establishment of center itself is the key success, while its regular operation within the library secures sustainability.

The number of materials listed and list of visitors are key indicators to measure the success of DRM-KMC.

Relevance to HFA

The center responds directly to HFA Priority 3 which states that disasters can be substantially reduced if people are well informed about and motivated by a culture of disaster prevention and resilience, which in turn requires the collection, compilation and dissemination of relevant knowledge and information on hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities. It provides access to disaster risk management knowledge and helps to foster DRM knowledge for better preparation.

Potential for Replication

It is a unique way to establish knowledge management centers in libraries. It can be replicated in any country, which ensures the sustainability of a center for effective knowledge storage and dissemination.

Contribution by

Key Person:

Name: Kedar Rijal, PhD

Designation: Prof & Head of Department

Institution: Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Environmental Science, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: 977-1-4332147

Email: krijal@cdes.edu.np 

Contact Person:

Name: Amrit Prasad Sharma

Designation: Project Manager

Institution: Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in Academia Project, TU-Central Department of Environmental Science, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cell: 977-9841259633

Email: asharma@cdes.edu.np