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Who we are | ASIA PACIFIC ALLIANCE FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT

A Trans-National Disaster Aid Alliance for Saving More Lives in Less Time.

The Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) is a trans-national disaster aid alliance that works to facilitate cooperation and understanding between governments, private companies and NGOs in the Asia Pacific region.

Messages

Messages from the Chairperson & CEO

Faisal Djalal

Faisal Djalal

Chairperson
Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management

As stated in the Hyogo Framework for Action, there is currently a great need to enhance international and regional cooperation. Transfer of knowledge, increasing capacity, sharing of information and best practice for good governance in preparedness, emergency response and disaster risk reduction will obviously strengthen the capacity and resilience of individual countries and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. The Asia-Pacific countries are among those most frequently affected by disasters. For this reason, the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management can play a critical role in regional networking that allows countries to help each other and work together in times of need.

In Japan, the success of concerted action between NGOs and the private sectors dealing with disaster responses has been an eye opener for Indonesia, Korea, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. It has shown us that the involvement of the business sector will always be immensely valuable and highly appreciated.

So let to us work together, hand in hand, to increase the role of business and civil society and thereby improve the ability of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to react to whatever disasters may befall them.

Kensuke Onishi

Kensuke Onishi

CEO
Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management

The Asia-Pacific region is a focal point for natural disasters. The Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011 took a heavy toll and caused unprecedented damage to Japan. I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for all the support we have received from all over the world.

Having been involved in humanitarian aid as an NGO worker, I realized that cross-sector collaboration among governments, private companies, and NGOs is critical at times of large-scale disasters. By preparing a contingency plan that pools resources and expertise, we can deliver necessary assistance to disaster victims even more swiftly and effectively. On top of that, the importance of trans-national cooperation cannot be overemphasized. If we could establish a mechanism for facilitating multi-national collaboration and understanding in disaster response, each country participating in the collaboration would benefit greatly from the support of its peers.

The launch of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management was possible only through years of dialogue and negotiation. Our fundamental aim is to ‘Save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible’, and I hope that we can play a significant role as a disaster aid platform that can transcend the borders between sectors and nations.

Messages from each sector

It is imperative for businesses to start investing and proactively engage in various initiatives on DRR, response, and rehabilitation.

Sinta Kaniawati

Sinta Kaniawati

General Manager
Unilever Indonesia Foundation

On behalf of the private sector members of the Indonesia National Platform on DRR, we are privileged to be part of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management network.

The nature of this alliance, which is to enable multi-country as well as multi-sector forums, is a rich asset to have in order to address the key humanitarian challenges in the region. I am also proud to see the positive progress of Asia Pacific Alliance in responding to recent disasters within country members. The alliance has also strengthened its role in disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts with key projects already happening in some countries to further strengthen local network capacities.

The private sector has not only shown a very pivotal role in providing resources during response and rehabilitation, but it has also advocated the importance of embedding these efforts within the business strategy across the value chain. Evidence has taught us that businesses are affected just as much as communities are and suffer in the aftermath of disasters in terms of infrastructure, employment loss, and health and livelihood which further lead to environment, social and economic calamity. Therefore, it is imperative for each business institution to start investing and proactively engage in various initiatives on disaster risk reduction as well as relief and rehabilitation/reconstruction.

The best approach today is to form public-private partnerships which involve not only civil society and the government but also the private sector . These collaborative actions could certainly create synergy and a bigger impact in contributing towards growth and achievement of the development agenda including disaster management.

The Asia Pacific Alliance network serves the above purpose and its role is extremely important to drive integrated disaster management through fostering collaboration, strengthening local networks and learning forums as well as tapping resource potentials amongst members and beyond.

I sincerely wish Asia Pacific Alliance the best and for it to become the Thought Leader in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management network.

Asia Pacific Alliance will enhance regional support, cooperation and connectedness.

Lourdes Louella E. Escandor, MPP

Lourdes Louella E. Escandor, MPP

Board of Trustees member
Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) / Philippines

The Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) welcomes the launching of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management with excitement and enthusiasm.

The launch of the Asia Pacific Alliance is a milestone in itself as it will certainly enhance regional support, cooperation and connectedness in raising awareness and preparedness, and in responding to and mitigating the impacts of disasters in this part of the globe. Asia Pacific Alliance will cover and provide information sharing in the Asia-Pacific region to respond as soon as possible in an efficient way. Also it will serve as a venue where disaster practitioners and advocates will come together to exchange information, to share experiences and to facilitate resource building as we continually face up to the challenges.

Congratulations to Asia Pacific Alliance for this undertaking. CDRC, as one of the five founding member countries, is mighty proud.

Integrated networks involving civil society can support effective response on the ground.

Shin Bong-kil

Shin Bong-kil

Ambassador in charge of Northeast Asian Cooperation
Ministry of foreign affairs and trade of the Republic of Korea
(The Former Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (China-Japan-Korea))

I would like to congratulate the launch of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management. The establishment of this organization comes at a time when there is an increasing need for collective disaster response in the region. It is truly a unique partnership that brings together NGOs, governments, and businesses to jointly address the challenges and difficulties posed by a variety of disasters. The creation of such integrated networks will not only enhance cross-border disaster management efforts, but will build up a sense of community in the Asia-Pacific region. I especially welcome the involvement of civil society in this effort, as it is essential to link organic, grassroots efforts with government-level support to effectively respond to disasters on the ground. For the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, the issue of disaster management has emerged in the forefront of trilateral cooperation. As the Secretary-General mandated to promote trilateral cooperation, I wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of those involved in launching this innovative initiative and give my assurance that the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat would be a willing and able partner in achieving their important mission.

About Us

Preamble

"Countries of the Asia-Pacific region experience many severe natural disasters. In order to prevent, address and minimize damage from such disasters, the establishment of a comprehensive system of cooperation and support drawing on the private sector, non-governmental organizations, local communities, central governments and local authorities is urgently required.

Against this backdrop, five disaster aid national platforms from countries in the Asia-Pacific region have determined to launch a trans-national disaster aid alliance for the purpose of facilitating collaboration among countries in the Asia-Pacific region with the aim of delivering effective and efficient disaster assistance through disaster preparedness, risk reduction, relief and recovery.

The objective of the project is twofold: first, to create a disaster aid platform in each country in the Asia-Pacific region (each such platform is hereinafter referred to as a "National Platform", as further defined below; and each country in which a National Platform is established is hereinafter referred to as a "member country"); and, second, to establish and operate a regional alliance, which shall be known as the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (hereinafter referred to as the "Asia Pacific Alliance"), which will facilitate mutual cooperation among National Platforms and across the member countries and, in doing so, will further facilitate cooperation and understanding between governments, private sector enterprises and NGOs and the provision of effective and efficient disaster aid."

Mission & Value

Mission

We will facilitate collaboration amongst the member countries for the purpose of delivering effective and efficient disaster assistance through disaster preparedness, risk reduction, relief and recovery.

Core values

Core values

  • providing disaster aid support regardless of borders and national, regional, political and religious dividing lines
  • recognizing the importance of inter-reliance over individual or bilateral considerations
  • humanity at the heart of all
  • ensuring transparency in decision-making and financial management and accountability to society
  • aiming for effective and consistent management
  • building through pro-active and energetic participation
  • creating platforms that will be able to provide concrete support pre-disaster, at times of disaster and post-disaster

Background

In 2009, actors from five different countries of the Asia Pacific region, such as governments, private companies and NGOs, first gathered in Hiroshima to discuss how to respond swiftly and effectively to the possible natural disasters in the region. This initiative was hosted by the Japanese NGO for disaster management, Civic Force.

Following the conference, Civic Force took the lead in conducting a feasibility study on having a pre-agreement for actors from different sectors to work together at the time of natural disasters, with the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. In the process of the study, Civic Force developed a framework for disaster-relief work which could be enhanced by the existence of a pre-agreement and cooperation among different actors.

In September 2011, the Asia Pacific Relief Summit was held in Tokyo, where leaders of multi-sector actors from five countries agreed to create a framework for action in times of disaster. These leaders became the founding members of a new organization based on the framework, called the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management. The establishment of the Alliance was announced at the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in October 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Charter

Charter of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (October 2012)

Annual Report / Financial Statement

2013-2014

Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF)
Financial Statements 2013-2014 (PDF)

2012-2013

Annual Report 2012-2013 (PDF)
Financial Statements 2012-2013 (PDF)

Membership

How to join us (Membership criteria)

To become an “official member National Platform”, each National Platform must:

be composed of representatives from its member country’s private sector and national disaster-related NGO sector and have a close relationship with its member country’s government.
work principally in the field of disaster preparedness, risk reduction, relief and recovery.
have and independent governing body, an independent auditing system and a bank account designated solely for the use of that National Platform.
have its headquarters in the Asia Pacific region and must be engaged in nationwide disaster prevention, relief and recovery activities.
have, or be in a position to assume, functions of financial assistance in respect of other national NGOs and fundraising for domestic and international disasters.
Should you be interested in joining us, please take a look at our Charter to know more about membership requirements and responsibilities. if you would like to inquire about the membership process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What is a National Platform?

  • A National Platform is a vehicle for enhancing cooperation and coordination between government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations with the aim of delivering more effective disaster prevention, response and relief.
  • A National Platform has practical responsibility for disaster relief. Its functions are built around funding from the private sector, NGOs and government sources and are predicated on collaboration between each of those elements.
  • A National Platform is also a national-level focal point that promotes mutual assistance among National Platforms in the Asia Pacific region.
  • National Platforms have discretion to support other National Platforms in the Asia Pacific region directly.