Regional organizations and humanitarian action: The case of ASEAN

A field research was conducted in four countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines. The researchers met key individuals from ASEAN, including representatives of the AHA Centre and ASEAN Secretariat, as well as representatives of ASEAN member states, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academics, journalists and others. Semi-structured interviews were conducted alongside a closed-door roundtable with ASEAN and other humanitarian actors from the region, co-organised with the Centre for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta in March 2014.

Section 2 of the paper provides an overview and background for ASEAN’s humanitarian institutional framework, institutions and mandate. Sections 3 and 4 take a closer look at how ASEAN responded to humanitarian crises in two countries, Myanmar and the Philippines. Section 5 concludes by synthesizing the findings from the study and offering some recommendations on ways forward.

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