OCHA's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) is putting renewed emphasis on enhancing partnerships with regional, national and non-governmental actors across the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of these partnerships is to strengthen cooperation on regional- and country-level preparedness, and to ensure the understanding and complementarity of the international humanitarian system with national and regional mechanisms.
OCHA's partnership work in the region includes:
- Working with Governments and National Disaster Management Offices to raise awareness of both giving and receiving humanitarian assistance. In 2012-13, a particular emphasis is being put in putting together a concise "Guide for Disaster Managers" that will outline to all humanitarian decision makers what are the humanitarian tools and services available to them before, during and after a humanitarian crisis such as a natural disaster.
- Working with Regional organizations who are already playing a role in disaster preparedness and response in order to ensure greater coherence and impact of this external assistance. This includes working with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) among others.
Running and participating in a variety of regional mechanisms that bring together humanitarian responders and practitioners, including:
- the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Network for Asia-Pacific that brings together the UN Agencies and NGOs working across the region.
- supporting the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network of local NGOs across the region.
- increasing outreach to academia involved in humanitarian research and the private sector companies seeking to contribute to humanitarian operations.
- working with a variety of regional military actors (such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)) to ensure enhanced cooperation between civilian and military actors in the Asia-Pacific context.
- Humanitarian donors worldwide that have an interest in the Asia-Pacific region.