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As consensus with Government of Bangladesh and agreed by Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) of Bangladesh, all assessments in the initial days and weeks of a disaster should be joint assessments to make sure participation of all stakeholders and ownership of the results. Humanitarian stakeholders in the country developed the Joint Needs Assessment (JNA) tools, methodologies, processes following and contextualizing the MIRA best practices.

While Bangladesh was progressive in what is now known as Coordinated Needs Assessment, the current emergency needs assessment system has not kept pace with the evolution of global needs assessment concepts. This gap appears to be a consequence of a fragile and centralized coordination system, the unclear definition of roles and responsibilities, the absence of follow-up on lessons learned and the lack of maintenance of the DER assessment system.

Experience has shown that without dedicated efforts on assessment preparedness, the results of a high-quality joint assessment in a timely manner is unattainable.  To make it possible a Needs Assessment Working Group (NAWG) has been established under the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT) to support GoB’s efforts and, to ensure complementarity.


The overall objective of the NAWG is to harmonize and promote cross-sector needs assessment initiatives for consistent, reliable and timely sex, age and diversity disaggregated data including gender and diversity analysis on humanitarian needs in complex emergencies and natural disasters to strengthen informed decision making and improve humanitarian response that complement GoB response.Below are specific objective of NAWG:

  • Strengthen cross-sector needs assessment coordination and leadership
  • Improve technical support to inter-cluster/sector needs assessment initiatives
  • Increase advocacy, awareness raising and resource mobilization in the area of needs assessment
  • Augment needs assessment capacity building efforts of GoB and humanitarian community
  • Support information management working group and mechanisms in the area of needs assessment

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