The AHA Centre Annual Report 2020
TRANSFORMING THROUGH ADVERSITY
There is little need to highlight that 2020 was a challenging and unique year. As the COVID-19 pandemic quickly took hold across the world, the AHA Centre – similar to almost all governments, organisations, businesses and communities – was forced to overhaul its working operations, and take almost all activities into working from home and online arrangements. While these processes were not unique to the AHA Centre, disaster doesn’t stop for a pandemic, and the coordination of ASEAN disaster management activities would have to continue regardless of the limitations caused by limited face-to-face interactions – interactions that form a key element of disaster management in general. Though the context of 2020 brought with it no shortage of challenges, it was amidst this adversity that the AHA Centre – instead of waiting and hoping for a speedy end – took on the challenge as an opportunity to transform. Disaster would not be stopped by COVID-19, and neither would the AHA Centre in its role coordinating disasters for the ASEAN region.