Asia-Pacific Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action

The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most diverse in the world. It’s home to nearly 4.5 billion people – some 60 per cent of the global population – with roughly 2,300 languages and dialects between them. Its geography reflects this diversity, from the high plateaus of Afghanistan to the tropical islands of Fiji and the wide-open grasslands of the Mongolian steppe.

The region is also one of the most hazard-prone: some 70 per cent of the world’s disasters occur here. And they hit particularly hard for families with limited resources, who often belong to minority groups, living in remote areas or on the fringes of cities. For them, the unending cycle of cyclones, floods, droughts and heat waves can be relentless.These hazards are also getting more frequent and intense, thanks to climate change.

The impacts of conflict and economic problems can be equally taxing, especially if these coincide with hazards. It’s no coincidence that some of the most hazard-prone communities in the region are also among the world’s poorest, as crisis after crisis strips away at the hard-earned assets of families who have limited means to protect themselves and limited time to recover between shocks.

Anticipatory action in the Asia-Pacific region

While we may not entirely prevent disasters from happening, we can minimize the consequences by acting early. Anticipatory action is an approach that combines impact-based forecasting, anticipatory (or early) actions, ex-ante financing, and efforts to strengthen countries' operational capacity to implement actions ahead of a hazard. It has been widely accepted and adopted by humanitarian partners and governments in the region as a way to better protect people's lives and livelihoods, and to maintain their self-reliance.

By using better forecasting models, pre-positioning resources and mapping the most vulnerable groups, anticipatory action has the potential to prevent people from falling further into destitution and sustain development gains. Consider, for example, a family’s ability to keep their children in school with the income they derive from the livestock they were able to protect through anticipatory action, or how a community can maintain a basic level of nutrition, even in challenging times. In short, by being a timely form of disaster risk management, anticipatory action reduces losses and suffering, and protects progress.

As interest in anticipatory action grows in the Asia-Pacific, so does the need for information-sharing, coordination and joint advocacy. There is currently a gap in terms of regional partnerships convening the humanitarian, development and climate-resilience communities, and a need to draw on evidence and best practice to drive and unify standards, while also increasing investment. The Asia-Pacific Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action aims to address this gap and promote a regional approach to knowledge-sharing and cooperation.

Minimum training package on anticipatory action

Based on the needs identified in the Asia-Pacific Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Action (in Bangkok, November 2022), a sub-group on training was established under the regional TWGAA. The sub-group supported the development of a minimum training package on AA that can be used collectively (or by any single agency), at the country level, with a common and harmonized messaging. This training package aims to capacitate national and local actors to intervene in anticipation of extreme events and support the institutionalization of the approach. It was presented at the regional ToT in Bangkok, in April 2024, bringing together representatives from 12 countries that are actively engaged in applying the approach as part of their DRM efforts. Any interested country/ agency can now adapt the minimum training package based on their respective context and level of advancement in AA.

Find the Trainer Facilitation Guide and the modules below.

Anticipatory Action: Trainer Facilitation Guide for Asia Region

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News July 18, 2024

Launching the training package on anticipatory action for the Asia-Pacific region

The AP-TWGAA is launching its minimum training package on Anticipatory Action. This training package on AA contains eight main modules plus one optional module on AA for those who wish to adapt …

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News June 28, 2024

Lessons Learnt, Networks & Conferences, Scaling up

Anticipatory action in disaster management: insights from the 2nd Divisional Dialogue Platform in Bangladesh

The 2nd Divisional Dialogue Platform in Bangladesh explored how anticipatory action can be tailored and implemented more effectively at the local level, and scaled up across the country.

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News May 13, 2024


Building resilience against disasters: integrating care for non-communicable diseases into anticipatory action frameworks for Nepal's …

A new project in Nepal aims to develop innovative ways of incorporating care for non-communicable diseases within anticipatory action systems, enhancing the resilience of people living with these …

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News May 07, 2024

Advocacy, Evidence, Lessons Learnt

The Anticipation Hub publishes its second overview of anticipatory action worldwide

The Anticipation Hub has published its second overview of anticipatory action worldwide. The report, ‘Anticipatory Action in 2023: A Global Overview’, captures the global scale of anticipatory …

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Event, News April 29, 2024

Scaling up

Training the trainers in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action recently led a three-day course on 'Anticipatory Action: Training of Trainers' in Bangkok, Thailand. During the training, the …

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News April 25, 2024

Early Action

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society activates its Early Action Protocol for Heatwaves in Dhaka

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society activated its Early Action Protocol (EAP) for Heatwave in Dhaka on 21 April 2024.

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News April 24, 2024

Early Action

Community cooling centres: an anticipatory approach to mitigate the effects of heat waves

Community cooling centres are an effective way to prevent or reduce the negative health impacts of severe heat, and can be set up in anticipation of extreme heat events. A new manual, developed by …

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Blog April 18, 2024

Early Action, Early Warning System, Impact-based Forecasting

AWARE: a digitally enabled governance platform for effective anticipatory action ahead of climate shocks

As the climate crisis worsens, at-risk countries need anticipatory action to cope with the devastating impacts. ClimBeR’s AWARE platform is helping countries including Senegal and Zambia to protect …

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Blog April 08, 2024

Cash & Voucher, Social Protection

Linking Nepal’s social protection programmes with anticipatory action

Nepal has a diverse portfolio of social protection programmes and humanitarian organizations are finding creative ways to use these for anticipatory action and disaster-response activities.

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News March 25, 2024

Other, Scaling up

The Philippines files its Declaration of a State of Imminent Disaster

The Philippines recently filed its bill for the Declaration of a State of Imminent Disaster, which will institutionalize and operationalize anticipatory action within the government sector. Set to …

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Map of current anticipatory action programmes in Asia Pacific

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Raymond Zingg

Regional Anticipatory Action Coordinator

IFRC Asia Pacific Regional Office

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Catherine Jones

Anticipatory Action Lead for Asia-Pacific

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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