Islam promotes a holistic approach to climate change and disaster resilience. It assumes a link and interdependency between all natural elements – it teaches that if humanity abuses or exhausts one element, the natural world as a whole will suffer direct consequences. With this in mind, and informed by our experience and learning, Islamic Relief, Bangladesh has adopted an integrated approach to address disaster and climate risks. In partnership with government, academic institutions, civil society, communities and the private sector, we are working to support a vibrant, thriving and resilient Bangladesh. Climate Change and Disaster Resilience Programme is one of the core programmes of IR,B implementing by Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (CDR) Department. Under this program we work with the most vulnerable people in disaster-prone areas. We give special emphasis to socially excluded and marginalized people, women, and older persons. We help local communities and institutions to build and scale up their capacity. We promote and integrate traditional and indigenous knowledge with the scientific approach of our academic partners and research institutions-creating practical, replicable, and impact-oriented solutions which strengthen community and family resilience. We passionately believe that people have the right to be protected. Local and national government institutions have a duty to ensure that this happens. Consequently, we also invest in advocacy and actively develop the leadership capacity of vulnerable people. This makes sure that poor people have their voices heard, and their priorities and concerns are included in local and national planning. CDR Department in its programme implementation targets to achieve larger impacts through strengthening local communites and institutions. Programmes are designed considering rights of the people with a cost-effective rationale for ensuring velue for the money.




The CDR Department of IR,B working strategically to meet the following key strategic objectives corresponding to global and national targets. These are:

  • Develop and implement inclusive and integrated DRR and CCA projects to enable communities and government authorities and institutions to manage disaster and climate risk in a sustainable manner (HFA 1) (T 1&6: BCCSAP);
  • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into internal (IR’s other programs/projects) and external (government, local partners, private sector) policies and programmes (HFA 1&4) (T6: BCCSAP);
  • Identify, Assess and Monitor disaster risk and enhance early warning through strengthening organizational readiness for effective emergency response (HFA 2 & 5);
  • Establish partnership, promote existing knowledge and education to enhance resilience of climate and disaster vulnerable communities and government institutions (HFA 2&3) (T4: BCCSAP);
  • Built alliances to bring policy level changes both in policy formulation and implementation in the arena of DRR and CCA;
  • Ensure that IRB is recognized as one of the key actors on resilience (special emphasis to urban resilience, early warning and climate adaptation) within government, donor, civil society organizations and IRW family (HFA 1)



Name of Project Operational Areas
Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Resilience in Bangladesh Khulna, Patuakhali, Satkhira and Sunamganj
Resilience through Watershed Management, Risk Reduction and Development in Bangladesh Dhaka North City Corporation – DNCC
Building a Disaster Resilience Bangladesh- DIPECHO VII Gaibandha ( Fulchari & Sundargonj upazilas, Sylhet City Corporation
Strengthening Capacity of the Climate Change Affected People through Disaster Preparedness and Awareness Actions Khulna (Koyra) and Satkhira (Assasuni)
Promoting Urban Resilience through Good Government and Private Sector Engagement (R3P) Dhaka North City Corporation – DNCC
Program for Augmenting Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Capacity of the Communities in the South-western Bangladesh Koyra, Khulna and Assasuni, Satkhira


  • ECHO
  • IR UK, IR Canada and IR USA


Nationally IR,B member of the

  • Action Research for Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB)
  • Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA)
  • Emergency Capacity Building Project – Bangladesh (ECB)
  • National Alliance for Risk Reduction and Response Initiatives (NARRI)
  • National Girl Child Advocacy Forum
  • The INGO Forum
  • Haor Advocacy Platform
  • Bangladesh Urban Forum

We have also strategic relations with

  • Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI)
  • Strategic relationships in Bangladesh:
  • Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
  • Ministry of Women and Children Affairs
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Dhaka North City Corporation
  • Department of Environment
  • Sylhet City Corporation
  • Fire Service and Civil Defense
  • Department of Disaster Management
  • Directorate of General Health Services
  • Bangladesh Water Development Board
  • Institute of Water Modeling
  • Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre
  • Cyclone Preparedness Centre
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • University of Dhaka
  • Patuakhali Science and Technology University
  • BRAC University


  • Our work on urban risk reduction intervensions in Sylhed – which mobilized community and institutions – was recognized at the 1st Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation in China in 2012. Sylhet was the only South Asia city to reach the final shortlist.
  • Bangladesh was awarded the 2013 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, through the NARRI.