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Crisis anticipation online training launched

  • by Edward.Parkinson
  • 29 Jan 20

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Start Network has launched a new free 'Crisis Anticipation and Action' online training for Start Network members.

The self-guided, self-paced course takes around 1 hour to complete and aims to build an understanding of crisis anticipation and the elements to consider when raising a crisis anticipation alert to the Start Fund. It is aimed at Start Network member staff likely to be involved in raising an anticipation alert with the Start Fund.

Is this course for me?

The course is for all Start Network members. It is a self-guided and self-paced online course.

How will I benefit from this course?         

On completion of this course you will:

  • Know the key messages about crisis anticipation
  • Know the elements to take into account when considering whether to raise a crisis anticipation alert
  • Have examples of types of activities that can form part of crisis anticipation
  • Find further resources about crisis anticipation


How long will it take?

The course takes approximately 1 hour.

The course is divided into 2 modules of roughly equal length, each requiring 25-35 minutes study.

How much does it cost?

This course is free!

The Start Network has invested in free training because it is trying to shift the humanitarian sector from reactive to proactive ways of managing aid projects, from response to early action. The training forms part of a wider area of work, known as Anticipation and Risk Financing, which is also investing in the development of new anticipatory, trigger-based and risk-based proactive financial instruments.

The first of these to be developed was the Start Fund Anticipation, which enables Start Network members to raise an alert based on the forecast of a crisis anywhere in the world. Other tools include ARC Replica in Senegal, a ‘parametric’ drought insurance policy that disburses funds early, based on pre-agreed scientific triggers; and Proactive Drought Financing: Madagascar, which enables the modelling and prediction of drought and access to funding for early action.

Developed with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, upon completion of the course you will also receive an HPass digital badge.  The development of the training was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Please start the training here.



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  • by Edward.Parkinson