In February 2002, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) and UN-OCHA organised a regional workshop on networking and collaboration among Asian CSOs working in DRR. Held in Kobe, Japan, the workshop provided a forum to share views and experiences. What emerged was the great need for Asian CSOs to work more closely together, share information and learn from each other. It was from this that the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) was born. 
Since 2002, ADRRN has rapidly evolved from an awareness focussed network to a regional voice in advocacy and capacity building issues as well. Its main aims have been to promote coordination, information sharing and collaboration among CSOs and other stakeholders for effective and efficient disaster reduction and response in the Asia-Pacific region.
ADRRN’s forward-looking vision focuses on transforming Asia’s resilience, moving from the most vulnerable to the most resilient region. It aims to achieve this goal by 2030 and our vision paves the way towards this. For over the years, ADRRN’s work has focussed around localization, accountability and innovation – the very issues currently being championed in the sector globally.

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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