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The NGO Disaster Preparedness Program

A person in Asia is five times more likely to be impacted by a natural disaster than anywhere else in the world. What are we doing to prepare communities?

Give2Asia believes that smart, contextual, community-based interventions performed by local partners are the most effective way to prepare for disasters, mitigate their damage and ultimately save lives.

Since 2014, we have been implementing our NGO Disaster Preparedness Program in eight Asian countries that are highly vulnerable to disasters. The program focuses on funding innovative programming at the community level, strengthening networks and capacities of local organizations, and educating donors on the importance of funding preparedness activities. Below is more information on our work towards these components.

Learn More: The Overlooked Potential of Disaster Risk Programming

Community of Practice

Our community of practice is a network supported by an online platform that currently links over 100 community-based organizations across Asia. This community of practice is a place to connect local organizations who are working in disaster preparedness and climate resilience work to learn about efforts within and across countries in Asia, with the ultimate goal of creating more disaster resilient communities. Members can contribute to, share, and download resources on various disaster risk reduction themes, engage through online forums, and participate in webinars.

Innovative Grantmaking

A key component of DisasterLink is providing an opportunity for local organizations to create innovative solutions to disaster risk reduction. These grants prioritize scale and sustainability, local government engagement, and institutional strengthening so that programming is holistic and supporting the growth of a robust civil society sector across the region. From the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh, to islands off the coast of the Philippines, our local partners are helping communities prepare for disasters. Learn about their impact in the videos below.


Shontoug Foundation: Learning Farms


AOSED: Tech for Fishing Communities


BEDS: Disaster Education


GDFI: Livelihoods Strengthening

Knowledge Generation

Donor education is another focus of this program. Give2Asia’s wide network of corporate, individual, and family foundation donors serves as an important audience for key messaging around disaster preparedness. Most private philanthropy around disasters is given in reaction to disaster events even though there is a seven-fold ROI in funding preparedness and risk-reduction activities. Through DisasterLink, Give2Asia advocates for more responsible disaster giving to our donor network through the generation and sharing of knowledge products, white papers, and webinars. See some of our resources below.

  1. White Paper: Disaster Vulnerability & Donor Opportunities in South and Southeast Asia (PDF, 3.3 MB)
  2. White Paper: Building Community Resilience: Mapping the Journey of Local Community-based NGOs in Developing Sustainable Preparedness Programs (PDF, 15.6 MB)
  3. White Paper: Donor Perspectives & Readiness For Disaster Preparedness Funding: Opportunities & Challenges for Philanthropy in Building Community Resilience (PDF, 980 KB)


To learn more about DisasterLink, visit our Community of Practice online portal. To support our local partners engaged in disaster preparedness, donate to our fund below.

Donate to Disaster Preparedness Fund

Additional Disasters Entries

Report: Japan Kyushu Flood Relief Campaign

In July 2020, Give2Asia launched a disaster campaign to support local partners working on Japan’s Kyushu flood response.

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Report: Cyclone Amphan Relief in Bangladesh

In May 2020, Cyclone Amphan caused widespread devastation in India and Bangladesh. Give2Asia launched a campaign just days after receiving damage reports and response appeals from local partners.

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Report: Bangladesh Flood Relief Campaign (2020)

In July 2020, Bangladesh experienced the country’s worst flood disaster in a decade. Give2Asia launched a campaign just days after receiving damage reports.

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