Building Resilience from the Grassroots: The Cyclone Preparedness Programme at 50

Ahmadul Haque, Dilruba Haider, Muhammad Saidur Rahman, Laila Kabir, Raul Perez Lejano

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As Bangladesh’s Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) celebrates its 50th anniversary, we reflect on its legacy, the gains made, and progress that still lies ahead. The CPP is unique among disaster risk-management agencies, as more than 90% of its staff consists of community volunteers. This unique institutional design influences its functioning. An important part of its growth has included the expansion of the involvement and leadership of women in the CPP, so that today, women constitute about 50% of the volunteer corps. We reflect on the improvements made, since Cyclone Bhola of 1970 (the deadliest natural tragedy on record) and analyze institutional features of the CPP that other countries can learn from. Lastly, we reflect on remaining challenges for the years ahead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14503
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Cyclone Preparedness Programme
  • disaster risk reduction
  • gender equality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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