A NETWORK OF RISK ANALYSTS
The Forecast-based, Warning, Analysis, and Response Network driving early action together.
FOREWARN aims to quickly bring together the right people to predict disasters and support humanitarians closest to an anticipated crisis.
FOREWARN also advocates for Early Action to become the norm.
The Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network
Predicting a disaster, and taking action to save lives before it happens is not easy. Quickly bringing together the right people, with the skills to make these decisions, makes it possible.
FOREWARN is a community that provides this support to humanitarians on the ground, and also advocates for early action to become the norm.
Start Network hosts two FOREWARN projects: Global FOREWARN and National FOREWARN.
In 2016, the Start Fund officially began its anticipation work. This allows Start Network members and their partners to quickly access funding and run projects that save lives – before a disaster strikes.
Acting before a crisis happens can be uncertain. Robust forecasts and risk analysis are required to plan sound anticipatory projects and this requires the expertise and advice of actors who do not traditionally work with humanitarians.
FOREWARN brings together a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, academics, scientists, and risk experts.
Our pilot National FOREWARN projects in Madagascar, Bangladesh and the Philippines are driving the principles of FOREWARN forward in bespoke ways that make sense in-country, and we are learning that this looks very different everywhere.
Global FOREWARN represents a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, humanitarians, academics and risk experts. This community supports early action in several ways:
- Members of the FOREWARN community meet bi-monthly to share learnings and discuss challenges and solutions around early action work.
- Members of the FOREWARN community showcase their work, lending expertise to anticipatory projects and connecting with others.
- Members with specific expertise can join a ‘thematic subgroup’ – currently, we have thematic subgroups for a variety of hazards such as: conflict and displacement, heatwaves, cold snaps, landslides, flooding, disease outbreaks and generalists. These groups support our anticipatory projects, for example, our COVID-19 thematic sub-group recently provided expert advice that supported the activation of a number of crisis alerts.
The thematic groups are also linked to our National FOREWARN projects; thematic groups at the global and national level share expertise, analysis and work together on anticipatory projects (A recent analysis of the risk of Dengue was mapped by experts in Bangladesh, and supported by the global FOREWARN sub-thematic group for health – this collective analysis resulted in a project to mitigate loss and harm from a predicted high period of Dengue outbreak – read more here)
The FOREWARN strategy is closely linked with Start Networks localisation ambitions. When the Start Fund’s anticipation work officially began in 2016, we knew that early action initiatives should be driven by those closest to the crisis and that the FOREWARN input into Start Fund decision making should be as local as possible. For this reason, we began 3 pilot ‘National FOREWARN’ programmes in 2019, these are in Madagascar, the Philippines and Bangladesh; we plan to start at least two more this year.
The National FOREWARN projects, similarly to the global FOREWARN community, include a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, humanitarians, academics and risk experts, but they are organised to support early action in the way that most makes sense in the local context.
How to get involved
Anyone with an interest in early action can join our FOREWARN community.
If you are a technical expert, you can join one of our hazard-specific thematic groups and support anticipatory action on the ground.
If you have national or regional level expertise, you can connect with our national-level programmes.