The humanitarian architecture in Asia is still in its infancy stage, where the United Nations-led cluster system for humanitarian response is yet to be fully developed and implemented. This has resulted in duplication of efforts, limited access to humanitarian funds, lack of vertical and horizontal coordination, and a lack of leadership among local humanitarian agencies during mega disasters. The risk to communities in disaster prone areas is significantly higher due to elevated social vulnerabilities associated with the absence of institutional systems and mechanisms at local levels.
In 2018, there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion1 in economic losses across the world. The burden was not shared equally as Asia suffered the highest impact and accounted for 45% of disaster events, 80% of deaths, and 76% of people affected.
Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) is guided by the APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC) to improve the interface and partnership between the 6 countries in South Asia and South-east Asia.
Myanmar Preparedness Partnership (MPP) Delegation visit to ADPC Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand
The Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) works towards advancing south-south learning and cooperation in South and South-East Asia. The South-South learning facility established through this collaborative partnership provides an exceptional opportunity to document, learn and build on the expertise available in the region and promote intercountry knowledge and experience sharing events for disaster resilience.
Presenting the new and improved APP Brochure that will be showcased at the upcoming 4th APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC) Meeting on 14 May 2019 and UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) from 15-17 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland!
Innovation is an important aspect of adaptation which equips people with scientific information and technology. Limited not just to technology, innovation can take many forms such as new knowledge, changes in behavior and improved processes for finding solutions. Time and again, communities face repeated disasters, often coming up with local solutions to manage them. The worrying trends of increasing disasters, climate change and complex emergencies necessitate new ways of thinking and approaches towards DRM actions.
Participants of the Consultative Meeting on APP’s Way Forward and 3rd APPRSC in Kathmandu, Nepal
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), is implementing the program on “Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and Private Sector Networks on Preparedness for Response in Asia”.
Study tour of the delegation from Government of Sri Lanka to Quezon city DRM council in Philippines.
The Asian Preparedness Partnership network implemented by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center works towards enhancing south-south learning and cooperation in South and South-East Asia. The South-South learning facility established through this collaborative partnership provides an exceptional opportunity to document, learn and build on the expertise available in the region and promote intercountry knowledge and experience sharing events for disaster resilience.
This policy brief considers gender inequality as an important dimension within climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts. It describes how gender gaps increase climactic and disaster risk vulnerability, while highlighting the ways CCA and DRR responses can unintentionally worsen socio-economic inequities. It emphasises how women's empowerment can improve CCA and DRR outcomes.