Crisis Anticipation Window
The Start Fund Anticipation Window 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.
Don't wait, Anticipate
Over the last 4 years the Start Fund has been activated 148 times. In 2016, NGOs began forecasting a stronger-than-usual El Nino event but lacked the resources and funding to prepare for it. We as the Start Network, found that waiting for a crisis to hit, and responding once the damage had been done, was not always good enough - especially in the context of predicting crisis. Following this, the Start Fund was adapted so that Start Network members could access funding and implement projects before a disaster is forecast to strike. The anticipation window has been operational ever since, working with forecasting agencies and crisis monitors to act early and avoid the unnecessary loss of life all over the world.
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 the Crisis Anticipation Window we are doing just that: In 2018 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.
What does crisis anticipation look like?
The Start Fund has already supported interventions in anticipation of crises in a number of countries
Forecast-based Warning Analysis and Response Network
Figures about the Crisis Anticipation Window since its inception in November 2016.
Read more in the Crisis Anticipation annual report.
Anticipation Alerts raised
Average days between alert and operations
Responses in # countries
Crisis Anticipation Window Annual Report 2017
An overview of our first year using the Crisis Anticipation window alongside the Start Fund
Learning from Anticipation Alerts
Read our case studies
Crisis Anticipation Window Materials
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Analysis for Action Grant
Guidance notes on how to apply for an Analysis for Action Grant
The Anticipation Alert Cycle