23 November 2019

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The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum was held on 12-13 November 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. ADRRN as the Civil Society Stakeholder Group representative attended the forum, bringing updates and voices from the grass-root level, sharing current status of disaster risk reduction progress in Asia-Pacific and discuss means to accelerate it. This is to support preparation leading up to the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR).

For APMCDRR 2020, ADRRN has launched its campaign – Let’s Make the Decade Count, to support accelerating initiatives towards 2030. This campaign is designed to look into current and future modalities that support civil societies in making Asia as the most resilient region by 2030. ADRRN puts forward three main strategies in our effort to really transform societies into becoming more resilient:

1. Thematic Hubs

Thematic Hubs of ADRRN are a set of key focal points that promote, plan, and implement specific theme for ADRRN’s strategic interest. As per today, ADRRN Thematic Hubs consist of:

1. Localization Hub, India

2. Innovation Hub, Japan

3. Quality and Accountability Hub, Pakistan

4. Leadership in Emergency Action, Preparedness and Surge (LEAPS) Hub, India

5. Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) Hub, Philippines

6. Earthquake Risk Management (ERM) Hub, Nepal

7. Disaster Response Preparedness Hub, Malaysia

2. Building Resilience Through Innovation

Focus on the promotion of innovative activities of member NGOs and institutionalize innovation efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness of works within the network. In partnership with the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), the focus on innovation aims for inclusive approach to problem solving that blends participation, systems thinking and design to adapt to the new reality of the world.

3. Local Leadership

One aspect of promoting inclusivity in building community resilience is by nurturing local leadership. Focussed investment for the local level in developing effective cooperation for development of disaster resilient infrastructure and enabling environment for promotion of DRR work is important, while ensuring local development plans that are risk informed, aligned with context-specific DRR strategies. The Asian Local Leaders Forum for Disaster Resilience (ALL4DR), a regional structure for national and local CSOs to share and learn from various countries and their experiences in resilience and response initiatives, is one example how ADRRN play the role in promoting local leadership to increase effective community mobilization and representation.

Civil societies by the virtue of being locally based have better understanding of the local context, specialized expertise, innovative programming and proven outreach to communities who lack access to large-scale programming. Therefore, more local leaders need to be empowered for them to mobilize local resources. Recognizing their efforts is hoped to encourage more local leaders to emerge and be part of this challenging journey towards a more resilient future.


  • Programs



    Speakers: Mayfourth Luneta (Center for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines); Dr. Khin Maung Win (Community Development Association, Myanmar); and Dr. Manu Gupta (SEEDS India)

    Moderator: Dr. Hariyati Sharima (MERCY Malaysia)

    Wednesday, 15 July 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 12:30 Yangon / 11:30 Delhi

    7 July 2020



    Speakers: Datuk Dr. Heng Aik Cheng (MERCY Malaysia) and Dr.Amod Mani Dixit (National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal)

    Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Omar (MERCY Malaysia)

    Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 11:45 Kathmandu

    26 June 2020



    Speakers: Masniza Mustaffa (MERCY Malaysia) and Mihir Joshi (SEEDS India) 

    Moderator: Dr. Peter Gan (MERCY Malaysia) 

    Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 11:30 Delhi

    16 June 2020



    When: June 11, 2020

    What time: 2:00 PM (Pakistan Standard Time)

    Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared to registered participants

    Language: English

    How long: 90 minutes

    Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working in or with hard-to-reach areas, NGOs and INGOs involved in COVID19 response

    Format: Panel discussion

    Speakers/Panelists: Qingrui Huang (ICVA), Hafiz Amirrol (ADRRN) and Dear NB Sinandang (HFI)

    Moderator/Presenter: Takeshi Komino (ADRRN)

    Register here: Webinar on Humanitarian Coordination During COVID-19


    COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to the global humanitarian sector. Individuals, organizations as well as networks are all effected by this directly or indirectly. There is a need to work together with governments, NGOs and other stakeholder to serve communities and complement the joint efforts in combating COVID-19.

    Given the probability that the pandemic may last for an extended period, it is timely and imperative to discuss the behaviors, expertise and capacity both at individual and institutional level to facilitate humanitarian community in responding to the pandemic. The best possible way is to work together, build on the expertise of each other and jointly respond.

    This webinar will bring together a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds related to humanitarian and development affairs to discuss how the current COVID-19 experience impact the future of the humanitarian sector with reference to coordination. It will provide an opportunity to:

    • Explore coordination aspect in global and regional policy dialogue on humanitarian landscape in COVID-19 context (Global Humanitarian Response Plan, humanitarian financing, IASC guidelines on Localization).

    • Identify case studies on different aspects of coordination in COVID-19 preparedness and response      activities from International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI). These include strategic plans, action plans, challenges and best practices.

    • Facilitate exchange between networks themselves for good practices and lessons learned with reference to coordination.

    The webinar will further engage its audience (panelists and participants) to explore:

    • What are the emerging trends/good practices in the space of coordination among NGOs that would continue even beyond COVID-19?

    • What are some Innovative ways to resolve coordination challenges during COVID-19?

    • How to ensure monitoring, evaluation, accountability, data and information sharing during COVID-19?

    • What are the associated challenges in terms of community engagement and risk communication?

    • How is stretching capacity within NGOs/CSOs in dealing with COVID-19 response and natural disasters?

    • What are some of the opportunities emerged for NGOs due to COVID-19?

    • What will the localization look like during new normal situation?

    4 June 2020


Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network is a network consists of 52 national and international NGOs from more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong footprint in the region, the network members are constantly engaged with local communities strengthening their ability to combat disasters, providing humanitarian aid like food, water, shelter and health care, protecting critical facilities like schools and hospitals, creating awareness, advocating for policy changes and improving the capacity of community based organizations.

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