Anticipation & Risk Financing
Start Network supports agencies to analyse the risk of crises, and create a suite of timely, and reliable funding options, to disburse for different types of crises. This will enable NGOs to forecast crises, and access timely funding to reduce the impact of those disasters on communities.
Timely funding for predictable crises
Climate change, inequality, increased urban densities and the nature of today’s conflicts are generating humanitarian crises of increasing complexity and frequency. Despite improvements in our ability to predict the likelihood of disasters, the humanitarian system continues to react as though they are unexpected surprises, responding only after they occur, and then often slowly.
Anticipation & Risk Financing allows humanitarians to be better prepared in advance of humanitarian events by quantifying risks in advance of crises or disasters, pre-positioning funds, and releasing them according to pre-agreed protocols.
We are developing new funding instruments that enable humanitarians to mobilise collaboratively, predictably, to manage risks rather than react to crises. These mechanisms are based on:
- The use of science and data to model and quantify risks in advance in the areas in which we operate;
- Working together to pre-plan and pre-cost different crisis response activities needed to support communities;
- Pre-positioning funds according to pre-agreed protocols for release, so that when the conditions are met, funding is rapidly released.
Start Financing Facility
The Start Financing Facility will be the financial infrastructure for the network, able to deploy donor money at scale, in timely, predictable and efficient ways to frontline NGOs around the world.
Start Fund Anticipation
The Start Fund Anticipation Window enables NGOs to prepare when they see a crisis coming and respond early to mitigate the predicted impacts. It is the first NGO funding mechanism to be available for anticipatory interventions.
Forecast Based Financing
Allowing Start Network members to model and predict drought, access funding, and act early in Madagascar.
African Risk Capacity ARC Replica
African Risk Capacity (ARC) is an organisation mandated by the African Union to help African Union Member States proactively manage natural disaster risk.
The Drought Financing Facility
The Drought Financing Facility is envisaged as a network of national facilities that will support frontline responders to access early, predictable funds to deliver activities to protect vulnerable communities at risk.
How do we work
- Our anticipatory funding is disbursed through the Start Fund for small to medium crises, based on dynamic decision-making, meaning that NGOs can act early when they see crises coming.
- We are using financial tools such as insurance to leverage funding for NGOs, allowing them to protect against the risk of large-scale drought. This involves quantifying risks, planning humanitarian operations, and disbursing funding according to pre-agreed triggers, in a timely and predictable manner.
- We will be using the learning from these early action innovations to scale and layer a suite of disaster risk financing tools for different types of crises, to ensure that funding can quickly and efficiently be channelled to frontline humanitarian actors.
Our anticipatory funding is disbursed through the Start Fund for small to medium crises, based on dynamic decision-making, meaning that NGOs can act early when they see crises coming.
Advocacy and partnerships
Start Network is part of the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, has signed up to the Insuresilience Global Partnership, and also convenes FOREWARN.