2:00—2:00 PM Melbourne time

Rethinking Reform: Demand-driven Humanitarian Action in the Asia Pacific

This event is hosted by Humanitarian Advisory Group and features CGD expert Patrick Saez

Contributing Chair

  • Patrick Saez, Senior Policy Fellow, CGD


  • Jo-Hannah Lavey, Executive, Humanitarian Advisory Group


  • Adelina Kamal, Executive Director, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Center)
  • Fine Tu’itupou Arnold, Secretary General, Cook Islands Red Cross Society
  • Puji Pujiono, Senior Advisor, Pujiono Centre


Past humanitarian reform agendas have emphasised the need for emergency responses to be locally owned. But more than one year on from the outbreak of COVID-19, humanitarians have seen a pivot back to habitual practices.

Attempts to elevate the participation and power of local actors have fallen short and donors still channel their funding through large agencies. There is no unified approach to accountability, coordination, financing and leadership.

It’s time to reset commitments to humanitarian reform, and to challenge the power structures that underline it for systemic change towards a more demand-driven humanitarian future. The Asia-Pacific region has proven itself a unique case with increasing national and regional leadership; begging the question, how do global ideas for humanitarian reform apply in this context?

In this event co-hosted by the Humanitarian Advisory Group and the Center for Global Development, we will focus on country-led reform processes in the Asia-Pacific and explore actionable and practical opportunities to enhance accountability to aid recipients.

Join us to hear from donors, frontline responders and regional actors who will discuss barriers and enablers for change post-COVID-19, including potential opportunities around localised coordination and pooled funds.

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