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

The Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network (FOREWARN) was set up in April 2016 connecting forecasters and humanitarians to enable earlier humanitarian action.


Since its beginnings FOREWARN has grown into a community that not only advises the Start Fund’s Crisis Anticipation Window, but also monitors risks globally, provides technical advice on specific hazards and the mitigation of predictable disasters, and promotes policies that favour pre-emptive humanitarian action.


Today FOREWARN comprises scientists from many disciplines (such as hazard modelling and behavioural economics) as well as humanitarians (including preparedness and food security advisors) working for Start Network members, the UN, academic institutions, the Red Cross Movement and institutional donors.


Looking ahead, FOREWARN will continue to grow, as well as decentralise – connecting forecasters, scientists, risk analysts and humanitarian decision-makers at national and regional levels so that they are closer to the hazards and threats that they are trying to pre-empt.

If you would like to join FOREWARN please contact us