Achievement at a glance
Utilising the strengths of Digicel’s business networks and products and the technical expertise of UNISDR, Pacific business awareness of disaster risk reduction and access to recovery products has been increased. Between 2014 and 2016 this has been achieved through:\r\n\r\n• 2 x DRR and Recovery Product awareness workshops (Suva and Nadi) – 2014\r\n• 3 x DRR Workshops for Small and Medium Enterprises (Suva, Nadi and Apia) – 2015 & 2016\r\n• 2 x Private Sector representatives trained as trainers to continue DRR Workshops for Small and Medium Enterprises in the Pacific - 2016\r\n
Challenges faced in implementation
Challenges since 2014 have been geographical distances between islands, which increases transaction costs associated with training and the different connectivity standards between Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Demand for assistance with Business Continuity Management greatly exceeds existing resources and training opportunities available to Small Medium Enterprises in the Pacific, and limited opportunities for financial support from bilateral donors.
Digicel and UNISDR are currently exploring options to revitalise the partnership to continue.
Pacific Small and Medium Enterprises.
During the Nadi, FIJI Floods (2009) around 66% of the US$130 million worth of damage caused was due to disruptions to business operations and loss of assets; and 88% of businesses reported at the time as not having insurance (SOPAC, 2009). Such an impact to the local economy has a flow on effect where it will directly impact on the greater national economy and effect the livelihoods of the surround communities. Thus, in order to ensure more resilient communities it is essential that the role the private sector plays and ensuring their resilience to the increased effects of climate change is essential. \r\n\r\nThrough a series of awareness sessions and workshops over 75 Small and Medium Enterprises in Fiji and Samoa have increased their awareness of Disaster Risk Reduction and need for Business Continuity Planning to help protect their investment and increase resiliency to annual natural hazards. By doing so, they will increase their likelihood of ensuring as close to normal operations as possible during a natural hazard or disaster event and thus reduce any subsequent recovery periods.\r\n\r\nSME access to available Digicel IT disaster recovery systems has increased the preparedness of SMEs and reduced risk of loss from business disruptions from hazards and disasters.\r\n
Strengthened private sector awareness of the value of disaster risk reduction in Fiji and the Pacific.
Increased availability to access business continuity planning services.
Increased business investment in disaster risk reduction measures.