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Early Warning System Mapping and links with Forecast based Financing

Starting in 2012, IRMA (through Lezlie Moriniere) supported IFRC to enhance their contributions to early warning systems (EWS), especially at the community level (CEWS). Working with the National Societies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia resulted in producing the CEWS Guiding Principles and the Training Toolkit (a ready-to-adapt package for a 6-day training to build a community-focused EWS). More recently, IRMA held CEWS Training of Trainers in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and in Central America.

In roughly 2016, IFRC also started to invest in Forecast based financing (FbF) with direct links to funding from the IFRC’s DREF. While entirely separate from the CEWS work, this effort has grown rapidly and relies on national forecasts and climate services.  

Starting in December 2020, IFRC commissioned research from IRMA to “elaborate options on how to concretely strengthen linkages and the connection between National Societies’ Community Early Warning Systems (CEWS) and Forecast-based Financing (FbF) programmes in order to support the development and enhancement of end-to-end, people-centred early warning early actions systems at national level”.  This effort will map global multi-level EWS (with UNDRR and CREWS data but focusing primarily on those supported by NS) and examine how to promote end-to-end warning systems that benefit from FbF.  

IRMA’s team for this project is Lezlie Moriniere, Arielle Tozier de la Poterie, Ginna Rakotoarimanana.

Documenting achievements, results and lessons learned for UNDP Tunisia’s “Support for strengthening national and local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction” Program

In Tunisia, UNDP has been working with national and local partners to implement the program “Support for strengthening national and local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction” since 2017. This support has been materialised mainly through two projects, namely:

  • “Improving community resilience and the safety of local communities vulnerable in urban areas in terms of Disaster Risk Reduction, for the towns of Boussalem, Gabes, Kasserine, Mateur and Siliana”, funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS);
  • “Support for strengthening local capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction in the communes of Ain Drahem and Tataouine ”, financed by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO).

IRMA Founding partner Lezlie Morinière together and  and Associate Charlotte Gendre are developing communication pieces that capture the achievements, results and lessons learned of this program. The results of this documentation effort will be used to inform, guide and advocate for future Disaster Risk Reduction interventions in Tunisia.

Providing guidance for pandemic-proof disaster and climate risk reduction within the IFRC

Serving as a DRM leader for the humanitarian and development community for decades,  experience has directed the IFRC to anticipate disasters and risks, rather than solely respond. Yet, as for most of the world, COVID-19 took the IFRC by surprise and the delivery of services to communities was slowed.

Since, the IFRC Strategy 2030 plans to significantly invest in “epidemic and pandemic preparedness building trust, ownership and engagement and placing communities at the centre” and across the world, RCRC is already rethinking its programmes based on the COVID-19 experience.

To support this shift, IRMA is providing guidance to IFRC to adapt , or “Pandemic-proof” 9 keystone preparedness product lines including the EVCA, Road map to Resilience, CEWS, FbF, CBDRR, urban DRR, communication and climate-related tools. 

IRMA’s team for this project is Lezlie C. Moriniere, Marilise Turnbull and Sehdia Mansaray with the advisory of Dr. Carlos Mansilla.