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:

-  Higher risk of flooding across East Africa linked with the ongoing El Niño event.

-  Epidemiological alerts being raised across Latin America and the Caribbean due to a surge in cases of dengue. 

-  Forecasts of extreme heat in the coming months in India and Sri Lanka, linked with El Niño. 

- Concerns over food insecurity in Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. 

- Escalation in the humanitarian crisis in Haiti and the impacts on food security across the country.