This study utilised the Practical Action "Missing Voices" Methodology, which seeks to hear from those individuals who are most marginalised from mainstream datasets. The method works through identifying those who face multiple axes of marginalisation, working in partnership with intermediary organisations to build trust, and actively listening to diverse experiences, gaining a “rich intersectional and context specific perspective on the impacts of disasters on marginalised groups” (Brown, S. Budimir, M., Upadhyay Crawford, S., Clements, R., and Sneddon, A., 2019c, Gender and Age Inequality of Disaster Risk, UN Women and UNICEF, report commissioned for Global Platform on DRR 2019.)
As Start Network is supporting locally-led systems to enable early, predictable disaster risk finance, NGOs are supported to collectively analyse and quantify crisis risks and set trigger levels for action, pre-agree plans, and prearrange financing ahead of crisis events. To date these systems, which include country-specific trigger funds and insurance policies, protect more than 450,000 people from hazards including forecasted drought and heatwaves in countries such as Pakistan and Senegal. This study focused on gender inclusion in three key points of the Start Network’s DRF programming cycle - risk analytics, contingency planning, and financing.