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.
"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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.