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Sri Lanka Alert 282
The Start Fund alerts responding to climate-related disasters are increasing year-on-year. Start Network’s anticipatory action provides NGOs with the coordination and funding to better respond to crises that are undoubtedly associated with climate change. An anticipatory response to predicted flooding in Sri Lanka was initiated in the second half of 2018 through Alert 282. It is 1 of 9 flood-related alerts that have been raised in this country in the past four years to the Start Fund.
Alert 300 case study
The space of forecast-based and anticipatory action is predominantly made up of organisations acting in anticipation of natural disasters or famine. What makes Start Network stand out against other organisations is our ability to also act in anticipation of man-made or conflict-related crises. The way in which Start Network operates through its network of aid agencies enables us to tap into an established operational presence in these highly sensitive contexts, which ensures that information for anticipation programming is readily available and our interventions are highly contextualised.
Mongolia is unique. 30% of the population earn their livelihoods from herding livestock, leading a traditional nomadic life to enable their animals to access pasture throughout the year. Weather conditions can be extremely harsh, with long, stormy winters where temperatures can drop as low as -40C or -50C. Herders, and therefore the wider Mongolia economy are vulnerable to the impacts of extreme winter weather. Dry summers can mean livestock do not gain the weight needed to survive winter, combined with harsh conditions this can cause mass livestock mortality known as ‘dzud’.
Crisis anticipation online training launched
Start Network has launched a new free 'Crisis Anticipation and Action' online training for Start Network members.
Start Network to support five ‘founding hubs’ to drive localisation of aid
Start Network has announced five founding hubs to be based in countries and regions affected by crises, localising resources and decision-making to improve the quality of humanitarian aid.
Merging modelling and early action:
We spoke to Dr Erica Thompson from the London School of Economics about her work with Start Network on anticipating crises.
The localisation of humanitarian action in the Pacific
In April 2017, the Start Network published a seminal piece of research on the seven dimensions of localisation. This piece of work has influenced many in the sector as they develop their own understanding of localisation and its future direction. Most recently has been some work by the Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG). Here, Josie Flint from HAG speaks about the work they have been doing and the influence that the Start Network has had on this.
ARC Replica Insurance Payout: Kick-off meeting
Last week a kick-off meeting took place in Dakar, Senegal between Start Network NGOs and the government of Senegal to officially launch the beginning of Replica payout activities.