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.
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.