Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
RSIS established the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme to facilitate and enhance cooperation on preparedness and response strategies to the fragile and unpredictable situations we face in the Asia-Pacific. Aside from comprehensively investigating regional emergency response frameworks, governance issues, disaster preparedness strategies and the identification and development of response niches for civilian and military actors, the programme also seeks to develop the next generation of global leaders in HADR through roundtable sessions, dialogues and workshops.
|RSIS launched the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme on 21 July 2015 at the Copthorne King’s Hotel in Singapore. Presenting the keynote address at this event was Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Singapore’s highest ranking Singaporean in the United Nations, the UN’s former Under-Secretary-General and one of Singapore’s leading experts on HADR.
The HADR programme was launched by RSIS Executive Deputy Chairman, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong.
More information on the launch can be found here.
Core research areas
- Future HADR Landscape in Asia: Structures and Mechanisms. This first pillar of the programme tracks the emergence of new humanitarian actors (both state and non-state) and maps particular successes, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in preparing for disaster relief and conflict response in the region. This research area also focuses on the relationships between civilian and military actors and the emerging points of difference and convergence between the two in responding to HADR in the Asia-Pacific. This research area also evaluates the quality and impact of both military and civilian organisations’ emergency responses.
- Community Protection and Assistance. The second pillar focuses on the complex nature of humanitarian assistance that evolves from specific vulnerable communities’ varying and often limited capacities to protect themselves from impacts of disasters. This research area maps the most vulnerable populations so as to better characterise needs assessments and determine deployment of targeted assistance. In addition, one area of research in this pillar will highlight how women are disproportionately affected both during disasters and in response settings. Beyond targeted response, specific focus on the forms of vulnerabilities unique to women will be explored. In particular, this research will explore the transformative possibilities of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in creating sustainable policies, ensuring greater participation and facilitating the move towards a more gendered perspective on disaster response – a primary step in creating more resilient communities.
- Humanitarian Technology. The third pillar of the HADR programme examines the field of humanitarian technology [HUMTECH] as applied to a broadly defined context of crises encompassing both natural disasters and conflict zones. This research area identifies the impact technology has on humanitarian responses as well as the emergent challenges of information technology, big data and technological innovations in humanitarian action.
Foreign military forces assisted the Philippine government's relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (Credit: US Pacific Command/flickr)
- Vishalini Sagar, As the Water Recedes: Sri Lanka Rebuilds, RSIS Commentaries, 10 June 2016.
- Alistair D. B. Cook, World Humanitarian Summit: Meeting Expectations or Falling Short?, RSIS Commentaries, 27 May 2016.
- Maxim Shrestha, Nepal Earthquake One Year On: Building a More Effective Relief Effort, RSIS Commentaries, 26 April 2016.
- Julius Cesar I. Trajano, An ASEAN Nuclear Crisis Centre: Preparing for a Technological Disaster in Southeast Asia, RSIS Commentaries, 9 June 2015.
- Mely Caballero-Anthony, Alistair D.B. Cook, and Julius Cesar I. Trajano, Nepal Earthquake: Enhancing International Humanitarian Cooperation, RSIS Commentaries, 27 April 2015.
- Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Enhancing ASEAN Regional Capacity for Disaster Response Operations, NTS Bulletin, March 2015.
- Mely Caballero-Anthony and Julius Cesar I. Trajano, Lessons of Two Disasters: Building Resilience from Within, RSIS Commentaries, 9 December 2014.
- Jonatan Lassa, Disaster Risk Governance: Strengthening Collaboration with Non-State Actors, RSIS Commentaries, 7 April 2014.
- Mely Caballero-Anthony, Gianna Gayle Herrera Amul, and Julius Cesar Imperial Trajano. Typhoon Haiyan’s Aftermath: Testing Resilience in Complex Emergencies. RSIS Commentaries, 15 November 2013.
Year In Review
- Alistair D.B. Cook, Positions of Responsibility: People-Centred Approaches to Humanitarian Action, RSIS Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Year In Review 2015, Singapore: RSIS, 2015 pp. 28-31.
- Alistair D.B. Cook, The New Realities and Changing Landscape of Humanitarian Action, RSIS Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Year In Review 2014, Singapore: RSIS, 2014 pp. 16-19.
- RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, INTER-REGIONAL COMPARISONS OF HUMANITARIAN ACTION , 08 June 2016 (Report, Singapore: RSIS Centre for NTS Studies, 2016).
- RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, World Humanitarian Day: Voices from the Field, 19 August 2015 (Report, Singapore: RSIS Centre for NTS Studies, 2015).
- RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, Workshop on Community Resilience and Human Security: From Complex Humanitarian Emergencies to Sustainable Peace and Development, 10-11 April 2014 (Report, Singapore: RSIS Centre for NTS Studies, 2014).
- Alistair D. B. Cook, Zin Bo Htet and Maxim Shrestha, The 2015 Nepal Earthquake: Implications for Future International Relief Efforts, NTS Policy Brief, 22 June 2016.
- RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Communities and Critical Infrastructure: Opportunities for Reinforcing Resilience, NTS Issues Brief, Singapore: Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, 2014.
- Julius Cesar I. Trajano, Building Resilience From Within: Enhancing Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination in Post-Haiyan Philippines, NTS Report No. 6, December 2016.
- Alistair D. B. Cook, Maxim Shrestha, Zin Bo Htet: International Response to 2015 Nepal Earthquake Lessons and Observations,NTS Report No. 5, 04 October 2016.
- Alistair D.B. Cook, “One ASEAN, One Response: ADMM and ADMM-Plus Contributions to Humanitarian Assistance”,in Roundtable on the Future of ADMM/ADMM-Plus and Defence Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific, Policy Report, eds. Sarah Teo and Bhubhindar Singh. Singapore: RSIS, 2016 pp. 38-39.
Last updated on 14/07/2017