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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: 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

Blog Post

Philippines: Acting in anticipation of lahar amidst COVID-19

After a long year tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the province of Albay in the Philippines was faced with several more unexpected challenges toward the end of 2020. Four consecutive typhoons left many communities damaged, and mudflow from the Mayon Volcano threatened surrounding municipalities causing five casualties. As a result, there is now a clear demand for a multi-hazard approach when planning for hazards in the province.

09Jun21

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Evaluation du processus de versement de l’ARC Replica

En juillet 2019, Start Network et le gouvernement du Sénégal ont chacun souscrit une police d'assurance contre la sécheresse auprès d'African Risk Capacity Ltd. Lorsque les déclencheurs convenus au préalable ont été atteints en novembre 2019, un versement de 12,5 millions de dollars US a été effectué au gouvernement du Sénégal et 10,6 millions de dollars US supplémentaires ont été versés à Start Network pour une action humanitaire précoce. Six membres de Start Network ont ensuite travaillé aux côtés du gouvernement du Sénégal pour fournir une assistance tout au long de l'année 2020 aux familles sénégalaises avant une grave sécheresse à grande échelle.

26May21

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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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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: APRIL 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.

27Apr21

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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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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: MARCH 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.

17Mar21

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Information is Power: Connecting local responders to the risk information that they need

Start Network has launched Information is Power: Connecting Local Responders to the Risk Information that they Need, a paper which calls for organisations to connect people at risk of crises with forecast information, which can help to save lives, cut the costs of emergency response, and build more resilient communities.

15Jan21

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Knowledge, attitude and practice around heatwaves in Karachi, following a forecast-based heatwave messaging project.

The humanitarian impact of extreme heat is an increasing concern, especially in low-income countries with limited access to quality healthcare and informal dwellings which can trap heat. This report analyses the knowledge, attitude and practice of Karachi residents in relation to managing extreme heat. It was conducted in 2020 following a messaging campaign led by HANDS related to extreme heat. The project was triggered through a disaster risk financing approach, using a heatwave model to trigger funding automatically when extreme heat was forecast.

04Jan21

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10 Lessons from the first three years of Crisis Anticipation

In 2016 the Start Network launched Crisis Anticipation within the Start Fund. This short brief documents the 10 key lessons learned and recommendation from the first 3 years of Crisis Anticipation at the Start Network.

03Dec20

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MONTHLY RISK BULLETIN ISSUED: NOVEMBER 2020

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.

19Nov20

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LEARN about Crisis Anticipation and Risk Financing

Start Network’s first virtual Assembly meeting took take place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020, alongside our 10-year anniversary celebrations. Watch the recordings of the sessions related to Anticipation and Risk Finance and access all the learning materials below.

23Oct20

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Monthly Risk Bulletin Issued: September 2020

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.

15Sep20

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Monthly Risk Bulletin Issued: August 2020

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.

25Aug20

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