RSIS-RHCC Humanitarian Futures Forum, 14 October 2022


The HADR programme, NTS Centre, RSIS and the Changi Regional HADR Coordination Centre (RHCC) jointly organised the Humanitarian Futures Forum to strengthen support systems for policy planners and decision-makers on ways to better prepare for and respond to humanitarian challenges in this decade and beyond. This forum, the third iteration in the series of humanitarian futures events, brought together local and overseas participants from the military, government agencies, academia, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector. The RSIS-RHCC team facilitated discussion about ongoing crises, as well as those in our immediate and long-term future.

The first panel of invited speakers explored emerging trends and risks of human-induced climate change, health threats, urban resilience, and complex emergencies in Southeast Asia.

The second panel of invited speakers provided a briefing on humanitarian preparedness, planning and response in recent and ongoing humanitarian responses. The panellists shared their experience of the conflict in Myanmar, the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga in January 2022, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil-Military Coordination Centre and its role during calamities, and the Australia Assists programme.

The third panel of invited speakers provided insights into the role of disinformation and mapping technologies and their impact on humanitarian work. Through the course of the one-day event, participants shared experiences, explored overlaps and potential collaboration to overcome some of the shortfalls in and around the humanitarian system.