Adopting anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: Learning from the ASEAN region

Date & Time

Monday, 4th of April 2022; 09:00 - 10:30 CEST




Anticipatory action webinar series

Adopting anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: learning and experiences from the ASEAN region

This webinar is co-organized with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, in close collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Regional technical working group on anticipatory action and support from the European Union.


Since May 2019, the FAO-led consortium of UN agencies (WFP, UNICEF, UN Women), the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (German Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and NGOs (Save the Children International, People in Need, and Dan Church Aid) have been implementing the DG ECHO-funded project, 'Scaling up anticipatory action (AA) and shock responsive social protection (SRSP) with innovative use of climate risk information for disaster resilience in ASEAN'. The ambition of this project was to introduce new and innovative approaches into the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and its work programme.

Since its inception, the project has been implementing the ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection to support country roadmaps to incorporate it alongside anticipatory action. Specific target countries included Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam.

In October 2021, the project commissioned an independent external evaluation and participatory review to assess: (1) the relevance of ECHO-supported interventions since 2017; (2) the efficiency and effectiveness of implementation, encompassing partnerships, operational arrangements, resource utilization and other aspects; (3) the achievement of results and impacts on capacity building of ASEAN member states, particularly project target countries and ASEAN; and (4) cross-cutting issues, including inclusivity and resilience. The participatory review process involved all relevant stakeholders, including beneficiaries, government officials, ASEAN sector bodies, implementing UN agencies, NGO partners and others.


    • Present the key findings on the progress of advancing anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection in ASEAN (and beyond) through an institutionalized approach
    • Illustrate project results and lessons learned relevant to the adoption, institutionalization and sustainable financing of anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection, including meaningful evidence of the project’s COVID-19 cash transfer impacts on beneficiaries
    • Discuss recommendations – for ASEAN member states, ASEAN and humanitarian/development partners, for further scaling up and sustaining the proven approaches.


    More information on speakers will be updated on the FAO event page.