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Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Risk Financing
Disaster risk financing and drought financing - all tools that we want to incorporate into the way humanitarian aid is managed. These will help us literally insure against damages to human life if a disaster was to strike.
Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Migration Emergency Response Fund
Learn more about mixed migration flows, and how the MERF has been responding to those needs.
Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Crisis Anticipation Window
Learn how many people have been reached with the Crisis Anticipation Window and how we have been able to act before and disaster struck.
Learn at the 2018 Assembly: The Start Fund
Learn about the world's fastest pooled financing mechanism, Start Fund.
Learn at the 2018 Assembly: Start Fund Bangladesh
Since May 2017, there have been 8 activated alerts in Bangladesh, with disbursements totalling £2.1 million.
Simon O'Connell: Consolidation is key to better aid delivery
There are simply too many charities operating in international development. It is time we ourselves took action, argues the executive director of Mercy Corps.
Podcast: considering intellectual property in humanitarian innovation
How can you assign and protect copyright and intellectual property when co-designing humanitarian solutions with multiple actors, including disaster-affected communities and vulnerable groups?
Start Fund: A rapid response to flooding in El Salvador
In early October, heavy rainfall from two low pressure systems led to devastating flash floods and landslides in El Salvador. More than a 1000 people were forced to leave their homes as rivers burst their banks, mudslides in the country’s hilly interior cut roads, buried buildings, and flooded homes.