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The Jeevika Project: Building Institutional Capacity for Disaster Preparedness of Women , Disaster Mitigation Institute

This was a Livelihood Security Project for Earthquake Affected Households in Gujarat initiated by the Gujarat-based Self-Employed Women’s Association. It built on existing organizational partnerships and village-based networks to promote gender and development goals and objectives holistically through disaster recovery, with attention to livelihood resilience, social development, capacity building, and microfinance. In addition the disaster preparedness component focused on: earthquake resistant housing, drinking water, drought proofing through integrated land and water management, and capacity building training for disaster resilience.

The partnership work of the project is described in this report:
 http://www.ifad.org/innovation/presentations/jeevika.pdf

Key words: India, mitigation, preparedness, capacity grassroots, women's groups, NGO