Archive for November, 2020

Climate Risk Assessment of Dominican Republic

Climate change poses huge challenges for Dominican Republic, an island that regularly experiences hurricanes, already suffers from stress on water resources, and whose main industry is tourism.

IRMA was approached by DAI to guide a climate risk assessment focusing on the island’s coastal areas. For this, IRMA is using the participatory GIZ methodology and working closely with Fundación Plenitud, a national NGO with expertise in climate, ecosystems and health.

The assessment IRMA is leading will include consultations with decision-makers, technical experts and representatives of coastal communities, to decide which impacts the country needs to prioritize in its climate change adaptation plans. It is funded by Adapt’Action Facility of Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

IRMA’s team for this assignment is Lezlie Moriniere and Marilise Turnbull.

Training on ‘Resilience for Systems’ for GOAL

Photo credit : GOAL

GOAL uses an approach called ‘Resilience for Systems’ or R4S to understand why systems that poor communities depend on, such as local fishing industries and urban markets for agricultural produce, are vulnerable to shocks and stresses. This knowledge enables GOAL and its partners to work with those communities and relevant actors to strengthen the systems and increase their resilience.

IRMA is developing GOAL’s online training course on Resilience for Systems, to make this approach accessible to other organisations and individuals whose work focuses on building resilience.

 IRMA’s team for this project is Marilise Turnbull and Lezlie Moriniere.

Webinar on Cash and Voucher Assistance conducted by Floor Grootenhuis in partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs

Cash and voucher assistance have grown from carefully designed pilot projects as alternatives to food aid. However, some see this as radical as it challenges the status quo of the humanitarian architecture.
According to the State of the World’s Cash report in 2020, published by the Cash and Learning Partnership (CaLP), Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) has doubled globally since 2016 from $2.8 to 5.6 billion US dollars.

Floor Grootenhuis, an IRMA associate, is one of the pioneers of CVA. She conducted a webinar in October in partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs to discuss the practice of unrestricted CVA as a radical act and share her thoughts on the following key issues :

  • What are the implications of Cash and Voucher Assistance at this scale on the humanitarian architecture?
  • What does it demand from the humanitarian community?
  • What mechanisms are in place to ensure that it reaches those that need it most?


The webinar recording can be watched here.

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!

IRMA founders serving as regular lecturers for the University of Arizona’s Masters of Development Practice 

Since 2019, IRMA founders have been serving as regular lecturers for the University of Arizona’s (UA) Masters of Development Practice in the School of Geography, Development & Environment. 

Recently the lectures fall under the “Essential Management Principles of Development” and focus on many topics: research in humanitarian and development contexts, disaster risk management, disaster risk financing, forced migration, needs assessment, non-profit communication and programme design. 

UA students have already started to grow into “IRMA Associates” and IRMA is hoping soon to host interns.

​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