Acting before crises hit: Anticipatory action and the private sector (CBi Annual Event)

There is growing evidence that acting prior to the onset of a predictable shock is significantly faster, more dignified and more effective than traditional humanitarian response. By combining different analytical approaches, many disasters cannot only be predicted, but their projected humanitarian impact can be proactively mitigated based on pre-identified anticipatory actions. Today, we can predict with increasing confidence the occurrence and humanitarian impact of certain shocks. Anticipatory humanitarian action – that is, releasing cash and other aid based on risk forecasts and triggers to mitigate the effects of a disaster before it hits.  

While the humanitarian community is quickly moving to increase the use of anticipatory action, much more can be done. For the private sector, large and well-resourced companies can offer support through their core business activities, philanthropy to humanitarian organizations, and coordination of preparedness activities with their supply and value chains. More vulnerable micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) can be helped to continue their economic activities, protect their staff, and mitigate losses to their assets. They can then continue to provide basic necessities and services to affected people and local communities.  

Event co-hosted by CBi, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), and Anticipation Hub.

Speakers

  • Kara Devonna Siahaan, Head, Anticipation Hub
  • Manja Vidic, Head of Office, OCHA Philippines
  • Anna Katrina Aspuria, Head of Development Programs and Innovation, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)
  • Gilbert Tampos, National Project Coordinator for Forecast-based Financing, The Philippines Red Cross

Moderator: Gantsetseg Gantulga, Anticipatory Action Coordinator, IFRC

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The Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks (HNPW) is the largest annual event on emergency preparedness and humanitarian response, gathering humanitarians from all over the world to share ideas and best practices. CBi is organizing public events on why partnering with the private sector is key to increasing localization of humanitarian aidhow local businesses are responding to the climate emergency, and integrating the private sector into anticipatory humanitarian action (see details below). Visit our HNPW 2022 page for more information and to find out about other hybrid public events.

Acting before crises hit: Anticipatory action and the private sector (CBi Annual Event)

18 May 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00 (UTC +02:00)
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Photo credit: PDRF
Acting before crises hit: Anticipatory action and the private sector (CBi Annual Event)
18 May 2022 | 12:00 - 13:00 (UTC +02:00)