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Crisis Anticipation


The Start Fund Anticipation enables NGOs to prepare when they see a crisis coming and respond early to mitigate the predicted impacts. It is the first NGO funding mechanism to be available for anticipatory interventions.

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Don't wait, Anticipate


Since 2016 Start Network members have accessed the Start Fund in advance of a crisis and acted to mitigate and prevent the impact on at-risk communities before the disaster is forecast to strike. They have conducted risk analysis, monitoring forecasting information and crisis monitors of dynamic humanitarian situations to present timely alerts for Start Fund NGO-led decision making.

 

We believe that responding once the damage has been done is not good enough, and are building the evidence base that acting in anticipation saves money and lives, as well as advocating alongside other actors for the mainstreaming of the anticipatory approach in the humanitarian sector. Local-level risk analysis, informed by the potential impacts on at-risk communities, is a necessary part of quality, risk-informed anticipatory action, and we are supporting this through building national FOREWARN groups.

 

At the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016, UN Secretary-General called for the humanitarian community to invest in risk analysis and act early on findings. Through anticipatory funding disbursed through the Start Fund for small to medium crises, we are doing just that: In the future we will continue to anticipate crises globally, by working with forecasting agencies, academics and expert groups like FOREWARN, to better pre-empt humanitarian disasters worldwide.

The Anticipation Alert Cycle

Performance


Figures about anticipating through Start Funds since November 2016

Crises anticipated

26

Crises anticipated

Anticipation Alerts raised

38

Anticipation Alerts raised

Average days between alert and operations

7

Average days between alert and operations

Responses in # countries

21

Responses in # countries

Pounds disbursed

6,238,616

Pounds disbursed

Latest news


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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: MAY 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

03May22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: MARCH 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

21Mar22

News Article

MapAction supports the Start Network to improve early action in humanitarian response

Geospatial data, data visualisation and information management are critical to anticipatory action. As a trusted leader in these fields MapAction has been selected to partner with the Start Network to assist with our programmes of anticipatory and early action. 

15Feb22

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ARC REPLICA : Rapports de controle mensuels des sites sentinelles au Senegal

Cette ressource fournit six rapports de mars/avril à septembre 2020 et résume la situation des moyens de subsistance des ménages par rapport à : l'agriculture et la disponibilité de l'eau, la santé des ménages, et la sécurité alimentaire, et l'accès aux prêts.

11Feb22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: MAY 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

03May22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: MARCH 2022

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

21Mar22

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ARC REPLICA : Rapports de controle mensuels des sites sentinelles au Senegal

Cette ressource fournit six rapports de mars/avril à septembre 2020 et résume la situation des moyens de subsistance des ménages par rapport à : l'agriculture et la disponibilité de l'eau, la santé des ménages, et la sécurité alimentaire, et l'accès aux prêts.

11Feb22

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ARC REPLICA: Sentinel site monthly check-in reports in Senegal

This resource provides six reports from March/April- September 2020 and summarises household's livelihood situation in relation to: agriculture and water availability, household health, and food security, and accessing loans.

11Feb22

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: NOVEMBER 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

12Nov21

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: SEPTEMBER 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.  

16Sep21

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Enabling Anticipatory Action at Scale Policy Brief for Donor Governments

The Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF) brings together the key agencies implementing anticipatory action on the ground. The AATF draws on a wealth of experience from implementing anticipatory action initiatives in over 60 countries. The mission of the AATF is to promote the use of anticipatory humanitarian action to risks1 . The taskforce also supports evidence-based policies that make anticipatory action possible.

10Sep21

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Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF) ToR

Acting prior to a predictable hazard in order to safeguard lives and livelihoods, to reduce human suffering and losses and damages, is a faster, more efficient and more dignified response.

10Sep21

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: JULY 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

09Jul21

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: JUNE 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

16Jun21

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: MAY 2021

The monthly risk briefing reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured. It is collated by the Start Network Anticipation and Risk Financing team using information from academia and research institutes, government departments, ACAPS, global risk indexes, risk information provided by Start Members and their partners, and the media. Key risks are shared and collated each month with FOREWARN input.

12May21

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Start Fund Handbook - Bangla

This handbook details the procedures which govern the use and allocation of the Start Fund.

23Apr21

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