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Alliance for Disaster Assistance in the Asia-Pacific Region

Implementing Agency Civic Force (Japan) Year 1/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 10,000,000yen
Project Contents
In Asia in recent years, there have been several natural disasters, with particularly severe damage occurring in developing countries. In light of this situation, long-term activities that enable rapid provision of aid and emergency relief at times of large-scale disasters and assist with reconstruction/disaster prevention efforts are of the utmost importance. According to a preliminary investigation, there is increasing momentum among financial circles and civil society in Asian countries, having recently experienced economic growth, to provide financial support for disaster-struck areas. However, it is necessary to channel this momentum into development of mechanisms for mediation between local administration, corporations and NGOs which are working together to provide aid, as well as between the supporting and supported countries.

The objective of this project is to use the Japanese model of cooperation between multiple sectors (a platform comprised of government, corporations and NGOs which redistributes funds from government and corporations to NGOs in order to enable rapid and transparent provision of aid) to construct a cooperation mechanism linking disaster support organizations within individual countries as well as at the regional level in Asia, and thereby increase disaster prevention capacity in a cross-border manner and reduce the damage caused by large-scale disasters.
Implementation Plan
In the first year of the three-year project, the following activities will be carried out.
  • Local surveys in Asian countries and construction of an implementation framework (July 2010-March 2011)
    In five Asian countries (tentatively Indonesia, The Philippines, Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam) local surveys will be carried out to determine the current situation of disaster assistance in specific regions. Furthermore, the Japan Platform Model will be introduced to local consortium that are candidates as partner organizations in each country and to networks of aid-providing NGOs. Partner organizations will first be selected in Indonesia and the Philippines, and support will be provided to formulate action plans for platform establishment. Moreover, action plans will be discussed and finalized with key stakeholders at local coordination meetings (January 2011).
  • Information-gathering in Japan/overseas and preparations for international conferences (July 2010- March 2011)
    Building on the experience of existing initiatives, including the Japan Platform, hearings and consultations on the ideal format for cooperation between multiple actors will be held with corporations, governments, the armed forces (SDF, US forces) and medical organizations. Findings will be used to share experiences with Asian countries for building domestic platform and will be presented at an international conference in the following fiscal year.
Project Results
The project aims to build effective mechanisms for cooperation between Asian countries in disaster relief based on Japan’s experiences in linking government, company, and NPO efforts. In fiscal 2010, field studies were conducted in Asian countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines for gaining an understanding of disaster relief experiences and networks there and encouraging participation in the project.

In Japan, emergency relief activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 are being advanced through joint efforts by corporations, the Japan Self-Defence Forces and other actors by effectively using networks created via this project in addition to relief and assistance efforts made by overseas counterpart organizations in Asia.