The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation held an 'Emergency Response Partners Forum; Strengthening Humanitarian Partnerships' from 30th October– 3rd November 2017, at The Fairmont Palm in Dubai.
Principally, the Roadmap document serves as a means of:
• Collating and clarifying priority areas for enhancing the disaster preparedness and coping capacities of SMEs in the Philippines
• Identifying the relevant actors, stakeholders or policy owners for addressing these issues
• Outlining potential approaches or pilot initiatives for tackling the identified challenges
A disaster-resilient enterprise is one that has the capacity to anticipate, resist or absorb, and then accommodate or recover from a hazard that affects it, returning to at least the equivalent state of economic health that it enjoyed beforehand, and continuing to grow and develop without detrimental long-term effects.
Disaster occurrences cause losses and disruption in business operations among small and medium enterprises. The iPrepare Business facility intends to address this through the Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of Small and Medium Enterprises in Asia Project. One of the activities under the project is conducting of a survey among SMEs to understand the state of their disaster resilience, including capacity gaps and needs. Specifically, the survey covered questions risk exposure, experiences from previous disaster, Business Continuity Plan adoption, incentives and training needs.
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;
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.
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;
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.
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.