ADRRN has developed and promoted partnerships among its members to implement a wide range of projects on strengthening and enhancing disaster management capacities of NGOs and local communities in Asia. These activities were made possible through the exchange of expertise as well as experience and knowledge sharing among its members.
ADRRN exemplifies the able spirit of ‘southern’ leadership, the effectiveness of regional collaboration and the power of civil society. It puts local people at the centre of its work. 

 

Over the years, ADRRN's work has focussed around local leaders, accountability and innovation – the very issues currently being championed in the sector globally.

 

In this way, ADRRN is aptly and uniquely positioned to take on the challenges and leverage the opportunities of a changing humanitarian and development landscape.

Initial ideas for ground action in the region and beyond include the variety of activities below. These are based on the outcomes of the various global frameworks, initiatives taken in the past, experience gained and the existing strength of the network to achieve the 2020 Strategic Objectives.

Creation of the Asia Local Resilience Forum, a regional structure for national and local CSOs to share and learn from various countries and their experiences in resilience and response initiatives.

Regional level campaigns in line with the global frameworks and successful local experiences.

Local methodologies for global framework implementation and monitoring with local evidence including the annual community resilience survey.

'Networked' response after major disasters in the region, with capacity building programs for local- level leadership on cluster systems and awareness generation for local communities on the humanitarian system functioning.

Research and promotion of grass root innovations and the creation of a knowledge base of such material, including a possible annual Asia innovation challenge.

Strong fellowship programs, peer-reviews and workshops for members based on the mapping of expertise, capabilities, resources and relationships of members and other partners; promoting mutual learning and exchange of good practices and information.

Thematic working groups for focused action on each objective.

Enhancement of members' monitoring and evaluation capacity.

Promotion of civil society roles in assessment, planning and implementation of disaster risk reduction initiatives, with particular emphasis on minority and vulnerable groups.

Improving financing to national organizations with greater fund access and flexibility to adapt to need-based use.

Development of effective communication strategies and online information sharing platform.

Fostering of partnerships with local and national networks, private sector and government.

Promotion of social accountability benchmarks at local, national, and regional level (including Core Humanitarian Standard).

Facilitation and conduct of civil society training programs.

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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