Anticipatory Action in Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific region is one of the most diverse in the world. It’s home to nearly 4.5 billion people – some 60 percent of the global population and where 70 percent of the world’s disasters hit including devastating impacts of cyclones, floods, droughts, and heatwaves. Anticipatory Action has been widely accepted and adopted by humanitarian partners and governments as a way to better protect lives and livelihoods and maintain people’s self-reliance. 

In this corner of the Anticipation Hub, we provide a space to advance partnership opportunities, exchange knowledge and together advocate for Anticipatory Action to change the way we manage crises in the Asia Pacific region and support scaling up. 

In the Asia Pacific region, various stakeholders have been steering forward this agenda. They include the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Office for Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), START Network, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), along with governments, national meteorological and hydrological services, research institutions and universities. 

Country pages for Asia Pacific

Country examples from Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Vietnam, and others show that governments and communities have much to gain from the Anticipatory Action model - it has proven to be cost-effective, curb food insecurity, increase resilience and overall present a more dignified way of providing humanitarian aid. 

Learn more about anticipatory action projects and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region on our country pages. 

Regional Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action

The Regional Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action is a key vehicle for this change. The group aims to harmonise methodologies and ensure joint advocacy efforts between partners and government partners alike. Members work closely with regional bodies to help provide information, training and support on the Anticipatory Action agenda. Currently, IFRC and FAO co-lead the technical working group with support of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES), WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA and ASEAN members. The group aims to develop tools, such as repositories, and link up partners on the ground to ensure we can ‘act with one voice’ to scale-up our efforts. 

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Asia-Pacific Dialogue Platform 2020 LIVE Blog

The 4th Asia-Pacific Dialogue Platform was held virtually from the 17th to 19th of November 2020. A wide range of diverse and interactive events took place, around the topics of learnings from activations, implementation in the COVID19 context, collaboration & scaling up, and institutionalisation.

Click below to access the LIVE Blog. Registered participants can also re-watch the plenaries and sessions:

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Raymond Zingg

Regional Forecast-based Financing Coordinator, IFRC

Catherine Jones

Anticipatory Action Lead for Asia and the Pacific, FAO

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