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Innovative insurance cover to help drought-hit communities in Africa
Humanitarian agencies are setting up innovative climate risk insurance policies to protect up to 1.3 million people in West Africa from catastrophic drought. Read more.
What makes a good innovator?
The first of a 3 part blog series reflecting on the experiences of the DEPP Labs themselves. In this piece, Scarlett Sturridge explores some of the personal traits and skills required to make a successful innovator.
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.
The African Risk Capacity Replica
What are the significant challenges that humanitarian organisations face today when responding to disasters?
Start Network signs ‘game-changing’ drought insurance policy for early humanitarian response in Senegal
The Start Network has signed a ‘game-changing’ insurance policy, intended to pay out if a drought hits Senegal, enabling aid agencies to offer live-saving help before a famine threatens to take people’s lives.
Launch of 'innovation labs' to prepare for disasters in four countries
Start Network has launched four new “innovation labs” in Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya and the Philippines, aimed at finding fresh ways to help local communities prepare for disasters. The move is the first of it's kind initiated by an NGO.
Reuters article on the Drought Financing Facility:
A Reuters article explores the Start Network's Drought Financing Facility initiative in Pakistan and how it could result in more rapid, effective and large-scale response to protect drought-hit communities.
Disaster financing debate
When an insurance policy for a severe drought in Malawi didn't pay out in 2015, the result was of great consequence to poor Malawians. Emily Montier asks what did we learn from the experience?