Capacity Building

When a disaster occurs, many different actors have a role to play in providing relief to affected people.

Airlink connects its nonprofit and aviation partners to deliver disaster responders and supplies in the wake of humanitarian crises worldwide. However, in addition to facilitating the transportation of passengers and cargo, Airlink also drives initiatives that increase the overall capacity to respond, at local, national and international level.

Airlink’s Regional Response Framework provides the foundation for its unique convening and coordinating function across over 80 nonprofit partners and 40 aviation partners. While disasters can  and do occur anywhere, certain areas of the world remain more vulnerable than others. The Regional Response Framework comprises six regional response plans, focused on increasing preparedness to respond in high-risk countries within each region: Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe. Through consistent engagement during non-disaster periods, the regional response plans build collective capacity to respond in the event of a emergency, by establishing in advance a common understanding of the air transportation resources available.

Airlink is also committed to building collective response capacity via a range of logistics preparedness products and events, for example:

  • Logistics preparedness workshops: Airlink is currently facilitating a series of regional workshops bringing together nonprofit and aviation partners to collectively identify and address lessons learned from past responses – find out more here.
  • Logistics Preparedness Guidance Note: This ten-step guide for nonprofits sending humanitarian aid supplies in emergencies helps nonprofits understand how best to prepare for cargo transportation in advance of an emergency here.

Alongside initiatives that build collective emergency response capacity, Airlink also supports partner efforts to build their own organizational capacity. Free and discounted air transportation certainly enables nonprofit partners to invest a greater proportion of their limited resources into their programs. However, Airlink is also on-hand to support nonprofit partners with preparedness initiatives, such as pre-positioning of supplies and community training and education programs, which significantly increase the capacity to respond to an emergency at a local level. Meanwhile, Airlink’s humanitarian and logistics expertise helps aviation partners to identify how their corporate social responsibility vision and resources can be allocated for maximum impact following an emergency.