From Reaction to Anticipation: How to Expand and Finance Anticipatory Humanitarian Action
Organiser(s): Marie Wagner

While it is commonly accepted that acting early before a humanitarian crisis materializes can prevent loss of life and livelihoods, anticipatory humanitarian action, or the narrower Forecast-based Action (FbA) is not yet standard practice. It is, however, on the rise, with more and more actors engaging in FbA and more and more donors including FbA into their funding programs. So far, the approach has mainly been used for responses to different types of hydro-meteorological disasters. Actors are now increasingly thinking about how to expand these approaches to situations with existing or rising tensions and violent conflict, or how to include conflict-related challenges as types of emergencies that could trigger FbA since conflict and violence are major drivers of humanitarian disasters.

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