Asian Preparedness Partnership
The Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) is a unique multi-stakeholder regional partnership established by its founding member countries which include Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Formed in 2017 with technical and secretariat support from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) as well as assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the Foundation) and the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID BHA). Its goal is to achieve ‘‘safer and well-prepared communities through locally led disaster risk management (DRM) actions, so that disaster impacts on at-risk communities of Asia will be reduced”.
APP strives to improve stakeholder coordination and dialogue between governments, local humanitarian organization networks, and the private sector to enhance capacities through partnerships, knowledge resources, training, and networking opportunities. The APP serves as a network of networks connecting these key local actors who are working on emergency response and disaster risk management at the national and sub-national levels for a more coordinated and eﬀective response at the time of disaster. It promotes locally-led disaster preparedness, response, and recovery actions through improved coordination mechanisms, strengthened humanitarian leadership, training, and capacity development, systems transformation, innovation, South-South learning and knowledge exchange, and regional cooperation.
The APP’s goal is ‘‘Safer and well-prepared communities through locally-led disaster risk management (DRM) actions, so that disaster impacts on at-risk communities of Asia will be reduced’’.
The APP’s eﬀorts are contributing to priority 4 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 for ‘enhancing disaster preparedness for eﬀective response’. The partnership’s commitments are also aligned with the World Humanitarian Summit and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. National Preparedness Partnerships have been established in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
APP on localization:
‘‘A process whereby local, sub-national and national humanitarian actors, namely governments, civil society and non-government organizations, the private sector, media, academia, etc., take a lead role, in a collaborative manner to plan and implement priority actions in disaster preparedness, humanitarian response, and recovery through mobilizing internal resources and external humanitarian funding.’’
Increased locally-led actions to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters in selected high-risk countries of Asia.
Institutionalized efficient and cost-effective innovative approaches for locally-led Disaster Risk Management (DRM) actions.
Strengthened Enabling Environment for humanitarian system transformation through regional cooperation and global outreach.