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Title: Humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific during COVID-19: new challenges, modalities, and cooperation
Authors: Cook, Alistair David Blair
Chen, Christopher
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Cook, A. D. B. & Chen, C. (2022). Humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific during COVID-19: new challenges, modalities, and cooperation. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 1-15.
Journal: Journal of Asian Public Policy
Abstract: As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of natural hazards still looms large. While pandemic response remains dominant, states and societies also need to be prepared for concurrent risks and hazards. If unaccounted for, the overlapping effects of a pandemic and a natural hazard for example, can compound socio-economic vulnerabilities in countries. This article assesses the effects of concurrent risk events, and how they impact states and societies in the Asia-Pacific. With overseas travel and supply chain restrictions severely hampering the movement of relief items and international humanitarian workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to empower and strengthen local humanitarian actors became acute. This article further critically examines the role of new technologies in adapting the sector in terms of remote management, empowering local staff, providing an alternative to in-kind assistance, and localizing global supply chains. The underappreciated activities and mandates of regional organizations and initiatives in the sub-regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island countries facilitated localization efforts and illustrate the importance of the regional level in multilevel approaches to disaster governance.
ISSN: 1751-6234
DOI: 10.1080/17516234.2022.2098769
Schools: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 
Rights: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. All rights reserved.
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