Inter-Agency Group - Odisha is a consortium of 26 international
agencies ensuring minimum humanitarian standards in disaster risk
reduction and management with unified action and improved coordination
in the state. It was formally established in March 2004 to work in close
coordination with the Govt. and other civil society bodies in the state
of Odisha. It primarily provides assistance in the field of emergency
response and fosters a culture of promoting values for quality and
accountability in disaster response. It aims at building capacity for
preparedness at various levels, takes lead for collective approach and
supports all initiative taken up by Govt. or Non - Govt. bodies in the
field of disaster management to develop models in the state.
It coordinates with INGOs, UN Agencies, Govt. Depts. like Odisha
State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Special Relief Commissioner (SRC),
Revenue & Disaster Management Dept at the state level and with the
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Sphere India at
the national level.
IAG Odisha supplements the efforts of Govt. in identifying
information gaps, providing quality post-disaster assistance,
and act as a state level reference center for knowledge management
and technical resource. It facilitates inter and intra coordination,
training and capacity building, information & knowledge management and
common advocacy through a collaborative process for quality and accountability.
IAG Odisha operates through its secretariat hosted by Indian Red
Cross Society, Odisha State Branch, which also chairs the consortium.
Its initiatives are guided by the core principles of Sphere Project and
governed by the Charter for IAG Odisha.