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Sharing local innovations for disaster risk management

Sharing local innovations for disaster risk management

23 Sep 2021

Bangkok, Thailand


Cover photo by Freepik.

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), through its Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) program, organized the Innovation Conclave, where local innovators had a chance to pitch their innovative ideas for disaster risk management.

Forty-six participants ranging from selected applicants and the mentors from their respective organizations, APP Regional Secretariat representatives, the evaluation committee members, APP country representatives/country managers, and representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation attended the event.


Mr. Hans Guttman, Executive Director of ADPC, welcoming participants to the Innovation Conclave.

Mr. Hans Guttman, Executive Director of ADPC, served as the chairperson for the evaluation committee. He elaborated on the importance of events such as the conclave.

“Innovation is a significant principle of the ADPC,” he said. “Today’s innovators are creating that impact within their communities and we hope to collaboratively scale these solutions to a wider region,” he added.


Mr. Sisira Madurapperuma, Director of Preparedness for Response and Resilient Recovery (PRR) Department at ADPC, giving his opening remarks.

Mr. Sisira Madurapperuma, Director of Preparedness for Response and Resilient Recovery (PRR) Department at ADPC, gave welcoming and closing remarks.

Mr. Madurapperuma congratulated the innovators for their efforts. “Your efforts to look for solutions in advancing DRM through new strategies have great potential in your community and the greater region,” he said.


Mr. Kilian Murphy, Program Lead - Thematic Innovations at ADPC, initiated the meeting.

Mr. Kilian Murphy, Program Lead - Thematic Innovations at ADPC, initiated the meeting. Mr. Murphy reflected that the purpose of the challenge is to connect to the localization agenda.

"We look forward to hearing the final presentations from the applications,” he said. “They have witnessed the particular challenges of their communities and found tailored solutions to tackle them," he added.


Members of APP's Innovation Conclave Evaluation Committee

The evaluation committee consisted of Mr. Guttman; Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, Emergency Response - Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. David Ganz, Executive Director, The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC); Dr. Indrajit Pal, Assistant Professor and Chair, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management, Asian Institute of Technology and Mr. Rubaab Sood, Innovation and DRM Expert, India.

Each of the nine applicants presented their proposals, followed by the question & answer session with the evaluation committee.

The evaluation committee acknowledged the efforts of the applicants. They encouraged them to continue their efforts to foster local innovations because the most effective solutions come from those who understand the unique challenges of their communities.

The event followed up on APP’s ‘Social Innovation Grand Challenge’ held earlier this year, aiming to identify and support Innovation from local actors in the APP member countries.

Over fifty unique submissions were received and shortlisted down to nine. Shortlisted submissions were allowed to refine their pitches and final proposals for consideration by the evaluation committee.

The APP Secretariat will announce the winner of the grant shortly.

Stay tuned for updates on the APP and ADPC web portal and social media.