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AHA Center aims to respond to disasters outside Southeast Asia

AHA Center aims to respond to disasters outside Southeast Asia A view of the city of Palu, Central Sulawesi, after an earthquake and ensuing tsunami on Sept. 28, 2018. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)
Dian Septiari
Jakarta   ●   Mon, January 27, 2020

Having just secured fresh funding, Southeast Asia’s humanitarian assistance agency is aiming to provide collective responses to disasters outside the region, officials said.

On Monday, the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Center) received assistance worth 10 million euro (US$11 million) from the European Union to increase its capacity and operational capabilities in disaster monitoring and emergency response.

“We want to learn from the EU […] in terms of facilitating ASEAN collective response outside ASEAN region,” AHA Center executive director Adelina Kamal said after the grant’s launch in Jakarta on Monday. “Let's say there's a bushfire in Australia […], it has been the intention of ASEAN leaders in the past few years for ASEAN to collectively respond to incidents outside ASEAN.”<...

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