The project aims to further reduce Bangladesh's vulnerability to adverse natural and anthropogenic hazards and extreme events, including the devastating potential impacts of climate change. It will do so through risk management and mainstreaming. CDMP II is a natural expansion and a logical scaling up of its first phase. That pioneering phase laid the foundations for institutionalising the risk reduction approaches and frameworks developed through pilot testing. CDMP II aims to institutionalise the adoption of risk reduction approaches, not just in its host Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, but more broadly across key ministries and agencies. The project has six outcomes. (1) The development of strong, well-managed and professional institutions in Bangladesh that are able to implement a comprehensive range of risk reduction programmes and interventions. (2) Reduced risk to rural populations through structural and non-structural interventions, empowerment of rural communities and improved awareness of, and planning for, natural hazard events, including the likely impacts of climate change. (3) Reduced risk to urban populations through structural and non-structural interventions, improved awareness of natural hazard events and the piloting of urban community risk reduction methodologies that target the extreme poor. (4) Improved overall effectiveness and timeliness of disaster preparedness and response in Bangladesh by strengthening management capacity and coordination, as well as networking facilities at all levels. (5) Improved and broadened disaster-proofing of development funding in nine government ministries by generating increased awareness of hazard risks and providing technical information, advisory services and resources to stimulate positive changes in planning and investment decisions over the long-term. (6) Community-level adaptation to disaster risks from a changing climate is effectively managed. CDMP II will extend and expand the risk reduction achievements of CDMP I. It will follow a multi-hazard approach to disasters, including climate change risk management, to create and nurture the crucial paradigm shift in disaster management, away from relief and rehabilitation and to a more holistic approach to reducing risks and vulnerabilities.