Working groups

There are thematic working groups around the world supporting focused exchange across sectors and organizations on anticipatory action. Get involved! Contact the focal points of these working groups to find out more. 

Do you know of any working groups that is not listed here or have an idea for a new working group?  

Get in touch via anticipation-hub@drk.de.

We are very happy to promote existing working groups and see how the Anticipation Hub can help initiate new working groups.  

Global

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Global Practitioners Working Group  

This group brings together monitoring, evaluation and research practitioners and forecast-based financing (FbF)/ anticipation project managers with a focus on evidence and learning from across the community. The group identifies and collates evidence and research priorities, discusses methodological approaches and guidance, facilitates discussion and encourages collaboration between agencies on MEAL for anticipatory action.  

Co-leads:

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

START Network

Contact: 

Clemens Gros: gros@climatecentre.org

Sarah Barr: Sarah.Barr@startnetwork.org

 

This working group aims to collate knowledge on the benefits and opportunities Earth Observation data can provide for early action and identify opportunities for pilot projects. The group is still in the early stages of development and welcomes contributions from other organisations working with earth observation for early action.  This working group developed as a result of a broader initiative called Earth Observation for Humanitarian Action (EO4HA) - newly initiated.

Read more about the working group here.

Co-leads:

German Red Cross

NASA Disasters programme

Contact point:

Katharina Lorenz Katharina.Lorenz@drk.de

Shanna McClain shanna.n.mcclain@nasa.gov

REAP Working Groups support the delivery of the targets and advance specific thematic areas of work. REAP Working Groups and their focus areas remain flexible to the needs of the Partnership, currently four working groups are addressing the following themes: 

3Ws (Who, What Where) of Early Action

Mapping of existing early action initiatives to identify opportunities to scale up action 

Marketplace

Developing the REAP Marketplace to facilitate the connecting of Partner support to needs on early warning-early action 

Health

Developing and communicating best practice for early/anticipatory action for climate-related health risks 

Early Warning Initiatives

To build coherence between existing initiatives, share learning and co-produce greater action

 

To know more about REAP please email reap.secretariat@ifrc.org

 

Global FOREWARN represents a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder network of aid professionals, humanitarians, academics and risk experts. Members meet bi-monthly to share learnings and discuss challenges and solutions around early action work. Members also provide specific expertise and advice to anticipatory projects.  

Membership:

Start Network members and wider stakeholders  

Contact:

Meghan Lilley: forewarn@startprogrammes.org

The Global FOREWARN members participate in thematic subgroups aligned to their areas of expertise and support specific START anticipatory projects. The themes include, conflict and displacement, heatwaves, cold snaps, landslides, flooding, disease outbreaks and food security, as well as a university consortium group. 

Membership: 

Start Network members and wider stakeholders 

Contact point: 

Megan Lilley: forewarn@startprogrammes.org  

Regional – Africa

Southern Africa Forecast Based Financing Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG)

This Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Forecast based financing aims to promote a regional approach and platform for knowledge sharing, cooperation and peer-to-peer learning in Southern Africa. It will facilitate information sharing, coordination and joint advocacy, and help collate evidence from global initiatives, support the development of a mainstreamed anticipation agenda and align standards, while also increasing investment and political momentum to drive the ongoing shift towards anticipation. 

Membership - this WG is split into two tiers:

  1. Focuses on Red Cross Red Crescent movement
  2. Focuses on external actors including governments and technical experts. 

Co-leads:

German Red Cross

IFRC

Contact point:

Anna Lena Huhn, lena.huhn@germanredcross.de 

Jurg wilbrink, jurg.wilbrink@ifrc.org

View the ToR here.

The main purpose of the group is to meet (virtually & physically) periodically to discuss and share ongoing initiatives, lessons learned & best practices, current developments and future trends in relation to mainstreaming climate change into Red Cross/ Red Crescent programmes in the region. The group will also explore the possibilities of providing technical support to sister National Societies in the region through existing mechanisms to progress on Climate Change and resilience agenda, including support to mainstream CCA in to sectoral programmes such as Health, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood, Logistics & Supply Chain, PMER and Policies/Advocacy etc.

Membership:

Red Cross Red Crescent movement and technical experts.

Co-leads:

IFRC

Climate Centre  

Contact:

Bettina Koelle, koelle@climatecentre.org

Jurg Wilbrink, jurg.wilbrink@ifrc.org

View the ToR's here.

 

Eastern Africa Forecast based Financing (FBF) Technical working Group

This working group supports the National Societies to develop their Early Action Protocols and to systematically integrate Forecast based Actions, preparedness, DRR and climate change actions into their programmes, policies and strategies. It also promotes collaboration and synergies among the Red Cross Partners and provides platform to discuss and share ongoing initiatives, lessons learned & best practices, on current developments and future trends in relation to mainstreaming anticipatory action. It also supports advocacy to external partners within the region.

Membership:

Red Cross Red Crescent movement

Lead:

IFRC East Africa Cluster  

Contact:

Irene Amuron: amuron@climatecentre.org

Peter Muhangi: great.peter.muhangi@ifrc.org

View ToRs here.

Africa wide Forecast based Financing (FbF) Coordination Cell group

This group facilitates coordination, promotes dialogue, joint learning and exchanges among the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement on Forecast Based Financing mechanism implementation and Early Action Protocol development. It also reviews ongoing initiatives and developments on Anticipatory Action in the region to share lesson learnt and best practices, and support policy and advocacy. The group also provides technical support to National Societies.

Membership:

Red Cross Red Crescent movement, non-RCRC actors invited on a guest basis.

Lead:

IFRC Africa Regional Office  

Contact point:

Phoebe Wafubwa Shikuku, Phoebe.SHIKUKU@ifrc.org

View ToRs here.

Regional - Latin America

Regional WGs on Early Action Protocols for different hazards in Latin America  

Tropical cyclones  

Droughts CA

Volcanic Ash  

Flash Floods  

Co-lead:

German Red Cross

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre  

Contact point:

Mathieu de Strooper,  mathieu.destrooper@germanredcross.de

 

National

The National FOREWARN projects, similar 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. Through these projects, Start Network members can engage hazard experts in collaborative analysis projects, funded through the three analysis grants available. Start Network members can request funds to undertake anticipatory projects through the Start Fund. 

Since 2019, Madagascar, the Philippines and Bangladesh have established national FOREWARN projects, with pilots in DRC and Pakistan now underway.   

Membership:

Start Network members and wider stakeholders  

Contact person:

Megan Lilley, forewarn@startprogrammes.org