Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Week 2022

Building a more Inclusive Humanitarian Ecosystem











Asia region
Climate & environment
humanitarian financing
Inclusion & Diversity


At the 2020 Humanitarian Partnership Events we asked the question: “what will the future of humanitarianism look like in the Asia-Pacific region over the next decade?

We documented what you said and this year we want to take the conversation further. Drawing on the report recommendations we heard the need to have a more inclusive humanitarian system that is able to better address the changes we are seeing in our region from climate change, cascading risks, complex emergencies and improved partnerships.


The theme of the 2022 Regional Humanitarian Partnership week is:

Building a more Inclusive Humanitarian Ecosystem

Day 1- 31 January 10.30-12.00 BKK

An Inclusive Humanitarian Ecosystem


Many of those responding in the Asia Pacific may not identify as humanitarian, yet they respond to the crises facing their communities from earthquakes to Pandemics and conflict. They make sure communities like youth, LGBTIQ, and/or people living with disabilities are not left behind.



Expected outcomes of the session:

    • Enhanced understanding of humanitarians that are not part of the current humanitarian system, as well as how we can better link to them.
    • A range of best practices and tools for inclusivity has been identified.
    • Synergies and collaboration opportunities are identified for further actions.

The session will aim at tackling the following questions:

  • What can we do to build a more inclusive humanitarian system in Asia, that is based on demand and not supply?
  • Are there examples that you would like to share of how to build an inclusive, whole of society humanitarian approach?
  • How are you identifying who are the key responders?
  • How are you navigating the challenges?

Beth Eggleston
Humanitarian Advisory Group
Josie Flint
Organisation: Humanitarian Advisory Group
Eranda Wijewickrama
Humanitarian Advisory Group
Takeshi Komino
CWS Japan
Day 2- February 1st 2022. 10-30-12.00 BKK

Linking Humanitarian Action, DRR and Resilience Work in the context of the climate crisis


The humanitarian system is ‘’a $25bn industry trying to deal with a $trillion problem’’. As the most disaster-prone region in the world, there is the need to ensure humanitarians operating in Asia-Pacific are working smartly and effectively, and making the most efficient use of limited resources within the context of growing needs brought about by climate change and ever more complex and protracted crises.

The session will aim to tackle the following questions:

  • How can we better prepare for and respond to the compound and transboundary effects of climate change and protracted crises? Are our preparedness tools and mechanisms fit for purpose in the new normal, and how can we ensure that a more diverse set of actors are meaningfully engaged?
  • Focusing on the most vulnerable communities or persons as the specific “nexus” between humanitarian and development work, what more can we do to ensure a more accurate, collective understanding of vulnerability?



  • How are forecast-based tools and anticipatory action being effectively used to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus, and to respond to the threats presented by the climate crisis?
  • How must coordination structures and financing mechanisms adapt to the challenges posed by the climate crisis, including creating a more holistic financing approach that focuses on resilience and DRR as well as humanitarian action.
Expected outcomes of the session:
    • Case studies of recent usage of preparedness tools and mechanisms have been shared.
    • A list of undertakable collective actions to ensure a more accurate, collective understanding of vulnerability has been identified.



Mr. Oliver Lacey-Hall
Regional Lead Disaster Management Adviser
Helen Mould
Head of Operations, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
United Nations OCHA
Day 3- February 2nd, 2022 10:30 - 12:00 BKK

Humanitarian Financing- Thinking outside the box


The growing humanitarian needs and frequency of crisis, compounded by the pandemic have put even more strain on an already stretched humanitarian system. Within Asia Pacific, many appeals are often not fully funded and the frequency and often layered nature of crisis mean that capacity to address these crises at the national level are being seriously challenged. The situation requires us to explore ways to innovate and diversify funding sources to meet humanitarian needs.

The Grand Bargain 1.0 also highlighted the need to ensure funds can reach local responders more directly and support local leadership- the continued emphasis on this in Grand Bargain 2.0 highlights that there is more progress here that needs to be made.

The session will aim at tackling the following questions:

  • how can we improve resource mobilization for crises in the region, particularly natural hazards?Share examples of how this is being done?
  • What efforts are being taken to make funds more direct, flexible and accessible, particularly to local responders, and what challenges remain? How can we collectively address these better?

Expected outcomes of the session:

    • Sharing of various funding models and practices to support humanitarian action, particularly local actors.
    • Understand areas where more efforts in the region are needed.

Shahida Arif
NEAR (Network for Empowered Aid Response)
Keya Saha-Chaudhury
Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Day 4 February 3rd, 2022 10:30 - 12:00 BKK

Protection in the Asia Pacific


As humanitarian needs grow so do protection concerns. Conflict, climate and political induced crisis, food shortages and the socioeconomic impact of covid-19 has put many at risk, particularly marginalized people, often resulting in negative coping actions. The protection needs of affected people are compounded by the challenges many humanitarian organizations face in trying to provide support. From issues of humanitarian access, shrinking NGO and civil society space, staff safety, restrictive government policies and practices, ensuring the centrality of protection requires ongoing and proactive efforts.

The session will aim to tackle the following questions centred around three overarching themes:

Challenges and gaps in meeting protection needs

● What is hindering our ability in the Asia Pacific to effectively meet the protection needs of affected people in humanitarian settings, particularly the most vulnerable? (word cloud)

Opportunities – good practices, initiatives and emerging models of addressing challenges/bridging gaps

  • How can we improve protection outcomes for affected people, particularly vulnerable people? e.g. of what is being done.
  • How do we ensure that humanitarian response and efforts respond to community feedback to improve our responses? Who do we need to engage with?

Who should the humanitarian sector be working with more to better promote the protection of affected people? e.g. of impact?

Expected outcomes of the session:

  • Build a common understanding of protection gaps and challenges in the region.
  • Highlighting ongoing and emerging initiatives.
  • Identification of activities (individual/collective) to better support accountability to affected people.

Alistair Cook
National University of Singapore
Keya Saha-Chaudhury
Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific
Related documents
Call for Registration and Contributors for the Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week
18 January 2022
Call for Registration and Contributors for the 2022 Asia-Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Week
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2022 Regional Humanitarian Partnership Week

The 2022 Humanitarian Partnership week aimed to:

  • Showcase diverse views, understanding and analysis from different stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region based on their own contexts and expertise. 
  • Catalyse plan for actions and commitments to advance the various priority areas and inform regional actions moving forward. 
  • Exchange information on resources, events or initiatives that other stakeholders may be interested to join or support in 2022.