AHA Centre and ACE Programme with text

AHA Centre

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) was established on 17 November 2011 by all the 10 Member States ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, as the operational coordination body and engine of ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER).

The centre was set up to facilitate the cooperation and coordination among ASEAN member states and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency response in the ASEAN region. The Terms of Reference of the AHA Centre is annexed on AADMER.

The AHA Centre receives all its overall strategic guidance from the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), which consists of the heads of representatives of the 10 National Disaster Management Offices of ASEAN Member States. For more information, visit AHA Centre website.

In September 2014, representatives from Southeast Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) National Societies (NS) gathered in Bangkok as part of the Community Safety and Resilience Forum to enhance their integrated approach for community resilience building and strengthen the regional cooperation among and between members. Participants included Department Heads for Disaster Management, Health and Organizational Development as well as a representative from the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre. 

During technical discussions, it was agreed that IFRC, RCRC National Societies and the AHA Centre should continue building on the positive collaboration undertaken so far and explore opportunities for further technical cooperation in the form of a ‘joint action plan’.
The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) is a regional framework for cooperation, coordination, technical assistance, and resource mobilisation in all aspects of disaster management. AADMER provides the guidelines for effective mechanisms to achieve substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and in the social, economic, and environmental assets, and to jointly respond to disaster emergencies through concerted national efforts and intensified regional and international cooperation.
ASEAN's Standard Operating Procedure for Regional Standby Arrangements and Coordination of Joint Disaster Relief and Emergency Response Operations - SASOP
AHA Centre (power point presentation describing its role and collaboration with IFRC)
ASEAN-ERAT (ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team) Guidelines
AHA Centre Work Plan 2020
Annual Report AHA Centre 2013

AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme

ACE Programme commenced in January 2014 with the first batch and has now (2015) entered its second batch. It is a six-month programme, to develop future leaders of Disaster Management in ASEAN through on-the-job training and various training programmes for officers from National Disaster Management Offices of ASEAN Member States. ACE Programme is developed to enhance the capacity of the officers in various aspects of disster management and leadership. It is conducted mainly at AHA Centre in Jakarta, which is the central nerve for ASEAN disaster management coordination and emergency response.

With the support from the Government of Japan through Japan – ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), the Programme was implemented in 2014 and in 2015. With three batches planned the ACE Programme targets to generate 60 new disaster management champions across ASEAN.

Read more more about ACE Programme: Link to AHA Centre ACE Programme overview