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.