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Regional Synthesis Report on Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia

In 2015, the iPrepare Business facility began working with country partners in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam to implement a regional project on “Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia.” The project aimed to build disaster-resilient enterprises by: 

1. identifying actions to strengthen resilience of SMEs;

2. providing technical assistance in strengthening resilience to selected SMEs on a demand-driven basis;

Resilient Business for Resilient Nations and communities

This report focuses on the private sector, as key stakeholders whose decisions and actions impact levels of resilience to climate-related disasters, and whose dynamism, innovation and positioning contribute to the body of knowledge on risk and resilience, significantly shaping responses. Analysis of the private sector’s involvement in Asia-Pacific disaster risk management is still evolving, and good practices need to be more systematically collated. This report is among the first to document the evolving thoughts and practices of the private sector in disaster risk management.

Focus Group Discussions in Pakistan

As part of baseline assessment, three Focus Group Discussions (FGD), to understand the overall humanitarian ecosystem and the perception of the stakeholders were conducted in Pakistan on 15, 20 and 22 September in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar respectively. The main objectives of these FGDs were:

· To understand the Emergency Response coordination mechanism in Pakistan;

· To understand the existing institutional humanitarian capacity for the emergency response;

· To determine the role of the humanitarian stakeholders in Pakistan;

Official Launch of Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP)

Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID OFDA, and implemented by ADPC, the APP was launched under the project on ‘Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity of Local Humanitarian Actors in Asia’. The launch took place in the gracious presence of Ambassadors and Representatives of Embassies from Sri Lanka Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and the Philippines, as well the representatives from the Government, Local Humanitarian Network and Private Sector Networks from the above mentioned program countries.

Private Sector contributing to the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) initiatives

On 29 August, ADPC launched the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP), an inter-agency platform of National Disaster Management Organizations, civil society networks, and the private sector from six disaster-prone Asian countries, namely Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The APP aims to promote partnerships and regional cooperation and to strengthen preparedness for response & recovery at local levels.

Info-graphics: Philippines

Philippines is home to 98,393,574 people with 44.633% living in urban areas while 55.367% living in rural areas. The country is well known for devastating impacts from tropical cyclones /typhoons. Country’s economy mainly depends on industry, agriculture and tourisms with a GDP of 272,017.377 mil USD. Based on the internationally collected data from 1990 -2014, the most frequent disaster for Philippines is the tropical cyclones / typhoons. The second most frequent disaster is floods followed by landslides. Majority of mortality from disasters has reported from tropical storms/ typhoons, which accounted for 78.7%. Earthquakes accounted for 7.9% mortality while floods accounted for 5.9% mortality. Landslides occurred in upper mountain areas of the country, which accounted for 5.6% of the total mortality for the reported period. Based on the Inform 2015 Risk Index for Humanitarian crises, Philippines is categorized as “very high risk” country with a score of 5.2. This very high risk status is due to high exposure for number of multiple hazards, very high frequencies of hazards and relatively fragile economic system of the country. Philippines also experiences in conflicts and insurgencies in southern part of the country. Philippines disaster response and humanitarian coordination is being done by the Office of Civil Defense, Department of National Defense. Country is having very active civil society networks and local NGOs for emergency response. At the local levels, Local Governments Units (LGUs) take the lead for disaster preparedness, response, rehabilitation and recovery operations.

Prepare Asia for Disaster Response: ADPC to Launch an Inter-agency Platform

Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP): an inter-agency platform of National Disaster Management Organizations, civil society networks, and the private sector from six most disaster-prone Asian countries. The APP aims to promote regional cooperation and to strengthen preparedness for response & recovery at local levels. Representatives of governments, civil society networks, and private sector organizations will meet on 28 August to finalize the governance structure, functions and services of the APP.

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