Makati, Philippines–The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development in partnership with ASSIST Foundation hosted the 2nd Dev Forum: Disaster Risk and Crisis Management 2018 last November 28, 2018 at the AIM campus. Guests were predominantly from the executive and management levels of international and multilateral agencies; civic society organizations; corporations; government institutions; media; and the academe.
The floor was opened by Jikeong Kang, President and Dean of the Asian Institute of Management
The forum provided Asia’s business and though leaders to discuss strategies to developing organizational resilience, managing effective crisis communication, and understanding challenges and opportunities in community assistance and protection.
Natasha Reyes (Interim Executive Director, MSF/ Doctors without Borders) emphasized the need to build relationships before disasters happen. “We all have our roles and it’s a matter of plugging with each other.” Add to that, Atty. Lesley Cordero (Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank) stated that “we need deep levels of preparation between multi-sectors” in order to make an effective response to disasters.
Melinda Gabuya, Program Manager of SAFER shares the accountable and transparent model of the Foundation for Public and Private Donors
SAFER Program Manager Melinda Gabuya also presented SAFER as one of the key innovations in the DRRM sector as a way to provide the public and private companies an accountable and transparent funding system for aid. In her speech, Gabuya emphasized that “We are a startup in a crowded filed full of big names competing for a limited market. But what we can promise is that we are transparent and accountable in how we use our funds in terms of mobilizing for the response.” She raised that SAFER calls for donors to recognize and increase funding access for national/local NGOs that have clear humanitarian mandates and skills sets. Likewise, the public must learn to demand insight for transparency from relief agencies and for ethical humanitarian response. Gabuya ended her speech by asking the audience, “Do you really want to know if you or your money made an impact using local organizations that provide contextualize, ethical relief? If your answer is yes, then donate to SAFER.”
SAFER also held a booth in the conference as part of the Innovations Showcase together with other Disaster Risk and Crisis management brands like Project Agos of Rappler and SEAMO-INNOTECH.