Anticipation & Risk Financing

Advocacy and Partnerships

Start Network is part of the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, has signed up to the Insuresilience Global Partnership, and also convenes FOREWARN. 

Sarah Klassen speaking at the ECOSOC HAS about crisis anticipation. Image: Haben Habteslasie


Risk-informed Early Action Partnership

REAP is a global partnership aiming to make 1 billion people safer, involving the governments of the UK, Egypt, Finland, with the Met Office, the IFRC, Start Network and other partners. The aim of the partnership is to expand early action financing and improve early warning systems and the capacity to act on the risks they identify, to save lives, protect livelihoods and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of responses.


Start Network's role in the partnership has been outlined in our commitments to help millions of people become more resilient to climate-related crises by strengthening early humanitarian financing and action. Start Network joined REAP in September 2019 and in signing the declaration, Start Network made a number of commitments up to 2025, which contribute to the overall targets of the REAP.


The Start Network’s commitments up to 2025 include:

  • Reach 5 million more people with timely humanitarian funds, connected to quality risk analysis or effective early action plans, to mitigate the impact of predictable disasters. 
  • Catalyse a local coalition of civil society actors, with coordinated response plans and pre-positioned financing, enabling them to assume a clearer role within national climate adaptation strategies. 
  • Lead on collective evidence and learning activities to build the evidence base for early action, and facilitate the exchange of best practice


The Start Network aims to achieve these commitments by expanding its existing humanitarian financing tools, which currently enable timely and early humanitarian action, and connecting them into a framework of national and global financing mechanisms. The aim is for aid charities to have access to a suite of financing mechanisms for different types of crisis, in advance for predictable disasters, or quickly following unexpected crises. 


To find out more, please email Emily Montier.


Climate risk insurance coverage for vulnerable people

InsuResilience is an initiative that seeks to increase climate risk insurance coverage for vulnerable people. It aims to protect people against the adverse impacts of extreme weather events and it is striding to facilitate access to direct or indirect insurance for an additional 400 million poor and vulnerable people in developing countries by 2020.


The central objective of the partnership - enabling more timely and reliable humanitarian response through risk financing solutions - is in line with the expressed vision of the Start Network of a more effective humanitarian aid system.


The Start Network has been designing risk financing instruments for and with civil society responders for several years, and welcome a partnership that can bring global efforts together in this area and would like to bring our expertise and learning to contribute to the development of this partnership.


The concept of InsuResilience will continue being steered in a direction that is consistent with the concerns of civil society, to ensure that the partnership can achieve the greatest positive impact for the poorest threatened by disasters. These include establishing clear principles for the partnership as well as systems for monitoring and evaluation of impact.


To find out more, please email Emily Montier.


The Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network

Predicting a disaster, and taking action to save lives before it happens is not easy. Quickly bringing together the right people, with the skills to make these decisions, makes it possible.

FOREWARN is a community that provides this support to humanitarians on the ground, and also advocates for early action to become the norm. 

In 2016, the Start Fund officially began its anticipation work. This allows Start Network members and their partners to quickly access funding and run projects that save lives – before a disaster strikes. 
Acting before a crisis happens can be uncertain. Robust forecasts and risk analysis are required to plan sound anticipatory projects and this requires the expertise and advice of actors who do not traditionally work with humanitarians. 
FOREWARN brings together a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, academics, scientists, and risk experts. 

Start Network hosts two FOREWARN projects: Global FOREWARN and National FOREWARN.


National FOREWARN programmes have been established in; Bangladesh, DRC, Madagascar, Pakistan and The Philippines.  As part of Start Network’s localisation ambitions, these National Programmes bring together a FOREWARN network in each country, organised in the best way for each local context.




Global FOREWARN is a network of humanitarians, aid professionals, academics and risk experts who support Early Action by:

Meeting quarterly to discuss challenges and solutions around Early Action work.

Connecting with others, sharing expertise and collaborating on Early Action projects.

Joining hazard-specific sub-groups to share expertise on a global or national level.



The FOREWARN strategy is closely linked with Start Networks locally led action agenda. When the Start Fund’s anticipation work officially began in 2016, we knew that early action initiatives should be driven by those closest to the crisis and that the FOREWARN input into Start Fund decision-making should be as local as possible. For this reason, we began 3 pilot ‘National FOREWARN’ programmes in 2019, these are in Madagascar, the Philippines and Bangladesh; we plan to start at least two more this year.

The National FOREWARN projects, similarly to the global FOREWARN community, include a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, humanitarians, academics and risk experts, but they are organised to support early action in the way that most makes sense in the local context.



How to get involved

Anyone with an interest in early action can join our FOREWARN community.
If you are a technical expert, you can join one of our hazard-specific thematic groups and support anticipatory action on the ground.
If you have national or regional level expertise, you can connect with our national-level programmes.



If you would like to join FOREWARN please contact us