Since its establishment, AIDMI has worked in different areas of disaster management including risk reduction, knowledge management, innovations in disaster response and recovery, and policy advocacy covering 41 cities and 52 districts.
1) Risk Reduction
a) Child's Right to Safer Schools Campaign:
The campaign was formally started in 2001 with EU support. The Safer Schools Campaign initiated by the AIDMI is an effort with more than 1200 vulnerable schools and 42,000 students/school staff and agencies for making schools safer. The Campaign is facilitating various activities for children's safety in disaster-affected and disaster prone Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal state, and Union Territories Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry of India as well as neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Myanmar.
School Safety Campaign in Assam:
Till March, 2017, ASDMA in collaboration with AIDMI implemented a total of 113 trainings covering 4936 numbers of schools teachers.
Child Centered Disaster Risk Reduction:
State level round table with children to review progress of children's platform in November 13, 2013, Patna, Bihar.
AIDMI and National School Safety Programme:
• Convenes Capacity Building and Training sub group of National School Safety Programme of National Disaster Management Authority;
• Part of Policy group to develop policy guidelines on School Safety under National School Safety Programme;
• AIDMI is leading the process of developing a national training module for school teachers under National School Safety Programme.
b) Regional Risk Transfer Initiative:
In 2004, AIDMI in association with ProVention Consortium launched the Regional Risk Transfer Initiative (RRTI) to promote disaster insurance for the poor as a means of effective risk management. The initiative resulted in the creation of the Afat Vimo
(Gujarati for "disaster insurance") scheme that, compensates policyholders for losses in 19 disasters with life and nonlife losses covering 5150 beneficiaries with national insurance companies. The scheme covers disaster-affected, low-income households at an annual premium that is approximately three days' of their income. AIDMI recently implemented an innovative research covering small businesses in three cities of India to provide them with risk transfer solution for livelihood and businesses to facilitate local market recovery.
2) Knowledge Management
a) Education and Training: AIDMI's learning resources conduct training for panchayat leaders, local decision-makers, school staff, government officials, volunteers, CBOs, NGOs staff, and communities on key disaster management topics.
b) Newsletters for community organisations, government agencies and organizations: Southasiadisasters.net (in English), Vipada Nivaran (in Hindi) and Afat Nivaran (in Gujarati) – are disseminated all across the world online.
c) Research and Evaluations: AIDMI has conducted over 30 evaluations of disaster risk management in South and Southeast Asia. AIDMI has been a leader in developing the practice of independent and joint evaluations of humanitarian efforts in the region. In this emerging area, AIDMI has captured and shared insights into how joint evaluations can improve accountability, ownership and management in favour of the poor and affected community.
3) Disaster Response and Recovery Innovations: AIDMI has responded to several large-scale disasters. Through relief efforts, AIDMI applies a human security approach that foetuses on long-term recovery and community development including focus on four component securities: shelter, water, food and livelihood.
4) Policy Advocacy: Through national and regional round table, seminars, workshops, and consultations, AIDMI argues for encouraging active and meaningful local participation in all disaster related programmes, turning disaster reduction and recovery policies and programmes in the favor of poor, marginalized communities and mainstreaming gender concerns, children and school safety in key aspects of disaster management. National Campaign for pro-Poor DDMPs, Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management, linking and mainstreaming DRR and CCA, wetlands risks, protecting human rights in natural disasters are some example of its actions in this regard.
AIDMI has partnerships with local, national and regional level governmental and nongovernmental organisations, UN agencies, universities and research centres as well as with private companies.
AIDMI covers the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal, and Union Territories Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Puducherry of India as well as neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Island and Sri Lanka.