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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.

An IRMA Founding partner again co-chaired the Africa Risk Capacity’s Technical Review Committee

In Fall 2020, an IRMA Founding partner again co-chaired the Africa Risk Capacity’s Technical Review Committee (TRC). The Pool 7 session reviewed 7 Member States’ Operation Plans to qualify for sovereign insurance for drought and 2 MS for the brand new Tropical Storm insurance! In the same season, Cote d’Ivoire qualified for a payout, and the FIP was subsequently examined by the TRC. ARC is progressing rapidly to enhance financial protection across the continent!

​Evaluation of FCDO’s Centre for Disaster Protection Programme

IRMA serves as Programme Evaluation Lead (PEL) for a multi-cycle evaluation of the UK Prosperity Fund​’s Centre for Disaster Protection Programme composed of two implementing partners: the Centre​ and the World Bank’s Disaster Protection Programme. The evaluation team focuses on producing knowledge and compiling learning spearheaded by the programme since 2018.  The Centre, based in the City of London, has grown to be widely appreciated by country and humanitarian actors looking to protect their investments and secure financial pipelines to more efficiently support populations affected by crisis and disasters. 

IRMA’s co-founder, Lezlie Moriniere is leading this effort for Tetratech/NIras/Integrity consortium

Gender mainstreaming for African Risk Capacity (ARC)

The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a Specialized Agency of the African Union, enables African governments to access rapid financing to protect the food security and livelihoods of their vulnerable populations in extreme weather events.

ARC engaged IRMA to guide and support the roll-out of its gender mainstreaming strategy. This multi-faceted assignment includes:

  • Designing and delivering training to ARC staff and African countries’ governments on Gender and DRM
  • Producing guidance on gender and DRM for thematic and operational teams across the organisation
  • Research to determine the feasibility of a gender-transformative fund
  • Developing a virtual resource centre for gender and DRM, and
  • Advising key countries on their gender and DRM strategies and policies.

IRMA’s team is Marilise Turnbull, Lezlie Moriniere, Sohna Ngum and Marko Lesukat.