9 Dec 2021

The Anticipation Hub celebrates its 1st birthday

The Anticipation Hub celebrated its 1st birthday party at the Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action -  on 8 December, exactly one year after its official launch

It was a year full of knowledge exchange, learning and advocacy across the anticipatory action community, with extensive activities that all help realise the Anticipation Hub’s three strategic priorities. 

Here are some of the biggest achievements by the Anticipation Hub and its partners in the past 12 months:

As well as these, we have uploaded 45 blog posts on a range of thematic topics, written by our partners; disseminated 5 newsletters compiling the latest knowledge resources, news and events across the community; and supported numerous high-level policy dialogues and initiatives on anticipatory action.

Our birthday party at the Global Dialogue Platform took place in an interactive environment on gather.town, where participants were asked to share their feedback and wishes for 2021 as a birthday present to the Anticipation Hub. Here are some of the messages we received from our partners, outlining their vision for the Anticipation Hub in 2022. 

In 2022, I look forward to more knowledge exchange and learning to develop actionable climate science products for anticipatory action. I would like to see more documentation of practitioners’ efforts to enhance the capacity of national meteorological and hydrological services to adequately support anticipatory action, especially in developing countries that are bearing the brunt of climate change.

Emmah Mwangi PhD researcher, University of Sussex

In 2022, we expect to continue working together with the Anticipation Hub community, promoting joint work and capacity building with national meteorological services to strengthen anticipatory action. Enhancing exchange is key to moving forward.

Daniela D´Amen Head of meteorology and society, National Meteorological Service Argentina

My Anticipation Hub highlight in 2021 was my contribution to the video for the ‘High-level humanitarian event on anticipatory action: a commitment to act ahead of crises’, and sharing Welthungerhilfe’s views on the power of coordination, learning and partnerships for anticipatory action. In 2022, I am looking forward to presenting our success stories, lessons and challenges from our first trigger implementation in the north-east of Madagascar, and exchanging with even more anticipatory actors than last year.

Julio Rainimananjanahary Coordinator, forecast-based financing, Welthungerhilfe Madagascar

As we reflect on the year gone past, we look forward to the year ahead with many advocacy, knowledge exchange opportunities on the horizon for the anticipatory action community to capture and embrace. 

The Anticipation Hub is committed to playing a central role in supporting all practitioners, scientists and policymakers, to do more anticipatory action, do it better and do it together, and to embed a culture of anticipatory action inside and beyond the humanitarian sector.

I was so excited to celebrate the Anticipation Hub’s first birthday during the event. We are keen to be a space to sustain exchange and learning from the wealth of experience and expertise offered by the anticipatory action community beyond the annual dialogue platforms.

Kara Siahaan Head of the Anticipation Hub