The Local Emergency Assessment and Response Network: Capacity-building and Collaboration for Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response

Maria Monica Azurin Edralin


The Local Emergency Assessment and Response Network (LEARN) aims to establish a network of individuals and organizations capable in emergency response, and in the longer term, provide a good backdrop to initiatives related to disaster risk reduction. Individuals belonging to different organizations are endowed with different core competencies and are located all over the island, making them strategically positioned all over Sumatra to respond to disasters. The approach itself is flexible and open to developments in all directions. It has taken note of what works, and has evolved accordingly. The project has opened up opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing within and among like-minded non-governmental organizations, and has been engaging national and local actors. It is a clear example of how building a critical mass creates incentive to engage in other willing groups. The set-up also nurtures an atmosphere of continuous individual and organizational growth in capacities needed to work in the fields of emergency response and disaster risk reduction by keeping abreast in technologies and technical know-how. 


disaster preparedness; capacity-building; networking; collaboration; disaster risk reduction; emergency response

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