Six Partner Organizations Receive Disaster Management Awards
On February 28, A-PAD hosted a 10th anniversary forum and presented Disaster Management Awards.
A-PAD awards are awarded to organizations and individuals who have made remarkable contributions in disaster preparedness and assistance in the past 10 years. Six organizations and individuals from A-PAD countries were selected for this year’s awardees.
Regional Disaster Management Authority of Bali Province (BPBD Bali Province, Indonesia)
Working with various stakeholders, including A-PAD Indonesia, Bali Province promoted a standardization and implementation of Disaster Safe hotel. In 2022, Bali was a host city for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and G20 Summit.
Mr. Carlo Buenaflor, Founder, Fleet of Hope (Philippines)
Mr. Buenaflor made a big impact on people affected by Typhoon Rai in 2021, providing 140 ships to local fishermen.
Disaster Channel.co (https://disasterchannel.co/)
Disaster Channel operates a portal site to share information on disasters and promotes increased awareness around disaster preparedness. With funds from the Government of Japan, Disaster Channel plays an important role in creating a network of disaster studies and stakeholders.
News 1st (https://english.newsfirst.lk/, Sri Lanka)
A-PAD Sri Lanka’s media partner, News 1st, promotes disaster preparedness and increasing resilience among vulnerable populations.
Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
As head of Kamaphuli Group, Mr. Chowdhury contributed to building partnerships between A-PAD Bangladesh and the private sector. He promoted medical cards for financially disadvantaged populations, enabling access to those needing assistance the most.
Yahoo! Japan (https://sema.yahoo.co.jp/about/)
In 2017, Yahoo! Japan and Civic Force (formerly known as A-PAD Japan) launched SEMA (Social Emergency Management Agency) to promote collaborations between aid organizations and businesses. SEMA enables aid organizations to seek goods and services during disasters. As of February 2023, 73 companies are registered in SEMA and the platform has been used almost every year in response to domestic disasters.