The Start Fund monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

The January 2024 Start Fund Risk Brief features:

  • Flooding and landslides in Peru and drought in the Philippines, associated with the ongoing El Niño event.
  • Disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo after heavy rains.
  • Wildfires in Colombia and Venezuela, and various risks, including flooding and conflict, at the Colombia-Ecuador border.
  • Food insecurity in Chad and escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia.