What concrete measures should be undertaken in North and Southeast Asia in order to improve humanitarian response in situations of armed conflict?

“Better coordination of actors in the response, and better preparations nationally with disaster risk management planning.”
- Officer of Human Rights and Peace Issues, International Organization, Sweden

“Peacebuilding should be included as a life-saving intervention and should be part of early response.”
-Communication for Development Specialist, UN agency, South Sudan

“Organization, communication, a collaborative front.”
-Staff member, U.S. Forces, South Korea

“Better understanding of the context and the power relationships. Trainings for UN, INGOs, local NGOs, and CSOs in conflict analysis and sensitivity. Involve more women in negotiations and peacemaking. Talk to people on the ground. Not being so hesitant to take a stand rather than follow a path of less personal career risk. Learn from a number of organizations who are experts in conflict monitoring.”
-Humanitarian Coordinator, Medical relief organization, Myanmar

“Give a key role to women to decide upon and carry out humanitarian actions!”
-Director, Policy organization, Portugal and Germany

“Greater use of INGOs in some operational areas where they have greater access to those in need.”
-Community Capacity Building Advisor, Gibraltar

“Close consultation with neutral non-political groups as mechanisms for humanitarian assistance. Support for local frontliners as partners for humanitarian response, i.e. in case of realized threat to life. To be firm in advocating to duty bearers like government and its security forces to abide by humanitarian laws and international humanitarian law. Difficulty of UN humanitarian responders to be present in conflict zones due to high security standards and also not welcomed by governments as a party to conflict.”
-Humanitarian and Peace Worker, Philippines

“Humanitarian assistance must be complemented with efforts to support political solutions to mediate conflict and prevent violence. Engagement is needed to build humanitarian capacity of non-governmental actors.”
-Research Fellow, Academic institute, United Kingdom

“Agreed protocols and rules of principles of engagement between and amongst conflicting states or parties upholding the rights of affected populations and safety of humanitarian aid workers.”
-Knowledge Management, International NGO, Philippines

“Intense human rights advocacies and information dissemination to countries and governments that are still not involved in responding to refugees and lobbying the government of war-torn countries for internally displaced persons and refugee protection.”
-Planning and Training Officer, International organization, Philippines

“Enhanced capacity of government units and machineries.”
-Project Manager, Human Rights NGO, Philippines

“Make justice mechanisms responsive and ensure penalties.”
-National Coordinator, NGO, Philippines

“Improve standard operational procedures and consistent training of civil service in disaster management.”
-Government Official, Malaysia

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