Middle East and North Africa
Airlink in the Middle East and North Africa
Airlink operates globally with the support of its international NGO and airline partner networks. In 2020, Airlink developed a Regional Response Framework designed to facilitate timely responses to humanitarian emergencies and provide relief to communities in crisis. The Framework addresses the globe into six regions – Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. A critical component of the frameworks is the development of localized regional partnerships between Airlink, local airlines, and local disaster response organizations.
Working in Harmony with Local Communities to Fulfill Local Priorities
Airlink aims to improve responses to regional disasters and ensure the needs of each regional community are met in the most efficient and timely way – critical in rapid onset disasters and in meeting the regional challenges of climate change. Airlink believes that supporting communities’ needs isn’t something done to people but done in harmony with local people, fulfilling their priorities.
In-Region and Developing Localized Partnerships
In 2022, Airlink appointed its first regional representative, Claire Leow, located in Singapore, to build out local partnerships with regional airlines, aid agencies, and NGOs and ensure that Airlink’s network meets local needs. Supported by Jenny Torner, Humanitarian Programs Manager for Asia and the Pacific, based in Washington DC, Airlink is working to support in-region partners to ensure solutions are driven by the communities we serve.
Asia and the Pacific has the highest incidence of natural disasters ranging from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to seasonal cyclones. Making sure we’re all ready and resilient is important to effective response.
Halfway through the year, we’ve been responding to multiple record-breaking cyclones from Malawi to Vanuatu, Guam to New Zealand. Philippines is heading into peak cyclone season.
Ahead of the Philippines National Disaster Resilience Month, Airlink, Inc. decided to gather our NGO partners for essential training for #disasterpreparedness at the outstanding Ops Command Centre run by our local partner Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation at Clark Freeport Zone, located 43.2 NM northwest of the capital Manila in the city of Mabalacat in the province of Pampanga.
Event airline partner Cebu Pacific Air joined us to share insights in disaster response.
Jennifer Torner and I were privileged to organise this event, our first together, and meeting many of our partners face-to-face. There was incredible energy and engagement. It’s an honour to have such partners. #airlinked