Asia Pacific Humanitarian Overview
The Asia-Pacific region continues to be the world’s most disaster-prone region and is the most affected by natural disasters. The poorest countries and communities within the region are highly susceptible to the damages caused by these disasters. In 2018 alone, 25 million people were affected by natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, costing USD 15 billion in total damages.
By 2050, disasters are forecasted to affect an average of 350 million people each year, cause billions of dollars in damage and climate change, and increase the internal displacement figures to 14 million people. It is therefore of paramount importance that humanitarian organisations are prepared and ready to respond. In the financial year 2018, World Vision responded to 66 disaster responses in Asia Pacific, including the Indonesia Central Sulawesi tsunami and earthquake, the India Kerala floods, the Myanmar-Bangladesh refugee crisis, Lao flash floods, Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut, China Sichuan earthquake and Papua New Guinea highlands earthquake.
As trends indicate that more frequent global natural disasters will continue, child-focused organisations like World Vision need to be equipped to provide humanitarian assistance quickly and more efficiently, improving the lives of children and their families and building their resilience to cope with natural or manmade disasters. Keeping pace with the fast-changing nature of humanitarian assistance, World Vision is working on expanding its Cash and Voucher Programming (CVP) approach in context-appropriate environments. For CVP to become a pivotal response approach to meet the shifting needs of millions facing conflicts, disasters and displacement, World Vision has invested in the Asia Cash Preparedness Learning Lab (ACPLL) initiative.