ARF responds to immediate disaster needs in collaboration with community based NGOs and international aid agencies.
Research is then undertaken in order to develop an integrated approach for medium and long-term recovery towards community sustainability. This approach ensures that resources are utilized effectively and programs are on-going.
ARF also has an advocacy role to empower community in accessing government agencies and resources. Working alongside local partner organizations, ARF emergency teams have been assisting in the rebuilding of communities and delivery of critical aid through distribution of essential items in disaster affected countries since 2004. Countries include Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.