AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme 2018 Red Cross Red Crescent Induction | 20-24 August 2018 | Jakarta, Indonesia


The AHA Centre Executive (ACE) Programme was established as part of the AHA Centre’s ambition to build a disaster-resilient region, through the vision of the ‘One ASEAN One Response’. Since it was launched in 2014, 62 officers from the ten ASEAN Member States have been trained. After graduating from ACE, the ACE alumni continue to engage in various roles in the area of disaster management as well as in responding to emergencies in the ASEAN region.  Some graduates have been promoted into higher leadership positions within their respective National Disaster Management Organisations. Considering the ACE Programme’s effectiveness and relevance to support the vision, the AHA Centre continues to invite talented individuals from the ASEAN Member States to join ACE, in order to improve ASEAN’s speed, scale and solidarity in responding to crises and emergencies.

ACE Programme Description

The ACE Programme aims at developing the future leaders of ASEAN.  The programme will strengthen the operationalisation of One ASEAN One Response commitment through building the capacities of the participants in the areas of disaster management and humanitarian assistance operations. It is is designed as a training development continuum, with long-term emphasis on building the four ACE Professional Qualities:

  • ACE Professional Quality 1. ACE graduate is sought as an expert in humanitarian assistance, both nationally and in the ASEAN region.
  • ACE Professional Quality 2. ACE graduate is committed to support the ASEAN’s coordination mechanisms and operationalise One ASEAN One Response through involvement of various relevant stakeholders.
  • ACE Professional Quality 3. ACE graduate is result oriented
  • ACE Professional Quality 4. ACE graduate is an effective leader

The learning programme combines various adult learning methodologies: online courses, classroom sessions, experiential challenges, case study analysis, individual and team projects, and real-life simulations.  The participants are also expected to allocate two hours a day for reading the materials prior to joining the session on the following day, over the 18-week programme duration. In addition, the participants will engage throughout the programme by sharing tasks related to class arrangement, such as: ice breaking, meal/travel arrangement, etc.

Supporting documents: 

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32nd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management | 26-28 June 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Leaders from ASEAN National Disaster Management Organizations discussed, among others, about setting priorities for women in disaster management during the 32nd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) held on 26-28 June in Kuala Lumpur.

The meeting was convened in conjunction with the 8th Governing Board Meeting of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), 9th Joint Task Force Meeting to Promote Synergy with Other Relevant ASEAN Bodies on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (JTF on HADR), and 5th ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Partnership Conference.

Click here for a full report on the 32nd  ACDM meeting.

Presentations by IFRC:

IFRC Contribution Towards Resilient Communities for a Resilient ASEAN
IFRC Presentation to  5th AADMER Partnership Conference



2018 Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Governance Academic Seminar | 24-25 September 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand

The 2018 Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Governance Academic Seminar is organized jointly by the ASEAN Committee for Disaster Management (ACDM), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Faculty of Political Science, and Thammasat University in Thailand. The 2.5-day event will take place during 24-26 September 2018 at Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus in Bangkok.

The primary focus of the seminar will be to review and provide comments, by the Peer Review Committee members, on the submitted academic papers under the theme “Effective legal frameworks for inclusive and climate smart disaster risk governance.” The Peer Review Committee members consists of academicians from institutions in Southeast Asia as well as practitioners in the field of disaster management. The seminar also aims to:

  • Provide a platform for different DRM actors and academic institutions in ASEAN to share their academic and policy research among their peers;
  • Increase the body of academic work on climate smart DRM laws in ASEAN to strengthen the credibility of the thematic area within the region and provide credible resources for policymakers working on DRM laws and regulations;
  • Enhance the engagement of academic institutions in ASEAN on climate smart DRM law and policy; and
  • Consider concrete recommendations and next steps to build on this peer learning platform.

Visit the official page of the seminar here for more information.