IOM Facilitates AHA Centre CCCM and Shelter Workshop


From 24-26 February 2014, IOM facilitated the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter Workshop for the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). AHA Centre is the primary regional-level disaster management and emergency response agency in Southeast Asia. Recently established in 2011, one of AHA Centre’s objectives is to improve the capacity of its member states’ officers in the field of disaster management through trainings and workshops.

As one of the co-leads of the CCCM Global Cluster along with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), IOM offers a wealth of experience and expertise on CCCM issues. Recognizing Southeast Asia as one of the most disaster prone regions in the world, IOM is committed to improving the ability of Southeast Asian states in responding to emergency and disasters. IOM also recognizes the vital role that AHA Centre, as well as ASEAN, may play in coordinating regional-level disaster response as well as promoting common standards and policies among member states in disaster management.

Responding to the request, IOM dispatched a team of experts into the training, which included Brian Kelly, IOM Regional Emergency and Post Crisis Advisor of IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok and Dr. Nenette Motus, IOM Medical/Health Expert from IOM Headquarters in Geneva. Also included were Joseph Ashmore, shelter expert from IOM Geneva, Abel Hasballah, Shelter Engineer from IOM Pakistan, and Phyo Kyaw, Information Management Specialist from IOM Manila. Workshop participants were Disaster Management Officers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

The workshop is part of the AHA Centre Executive Programme and was supported by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.