Updates from the Anticipation Hub 

No. 2, 15.04.2021

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We are excited to share our 2nd Newsletter with you packed full of interesting publications, new evidence and guidance materials from across the anticipatory action community.

Before you dive into all this material, I would like to give you a brief update on the Anticipation Hub activities since launching in December.  The Anticipation Hub is very proud to now have 73 partners representing organizations across science, policy and practice - and this number continues to grow! Have a look at the blog posts from scientists and practitioners including two interviews with our recent National and Regional partners – Argentina National Meteorological Service and the AHA Centre (ASEAN Coordination Centre on Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Management). We had our first successful Steering Committee in February and are starting the process of developing the Advisory Group with partner representatives. The Draft Anticipation Hub 3-year Strategy went out for partner consultation in March and we look forward to sharing the final version with you all in the next newsletter.  

Knowledge exchange through the Anticipation Hub is continuing to flourish through established working groups and other activities. We are really excited to be co-chairing the Linking Risk Financing and Anticipatory Action sectoral community with the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, hosted by InsuResilience Secretariat. The first meeting took place in March and we look forward to seeing the community progress. The Anticipatory Action in Conflict Group will meet on 26th of April (register here), while the Earth Observation for Anticipatory Action group recently hosted its 2nd meeting. You can always get in touch with the co-hosts and find more information about the WGs here. We hosted a networking mingle on Data and Technology for Anticipatory Action and continue to stimulate connections between partners through bilateral exchange. Watch out for the upcoming events in the community especially the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week. The Anticipation Hub is also recruiting a new Head of the Anticipation Hub and a Communications & Outreach Manager – see further details on these and other jobs on our new page here.  

We warmly welcome your contributions to the knowledge resources, events and news on the Hub. Just get in touch with us
Best regards
Alexandra Rüth, The Head of the Anticipation Hub 

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Blogs on anticipatory action across science and practice

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Capturing opportunities for OSM data to better support anticipatory action

By 510 Netherlands Red Cross, HeiGIT, HOT and German Red Cross   
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Bridging the gap: establishing the basis of subseasonal flood forecasting in East Africa

Linking early warning with early action: Closing the gaps for stronger resilience

By Alison Sneddon (Practical Action) and Maria Lourdes Kathleen Macasil (CREWS) 
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The aftermath of anticipatory humanitarian actions taken for severe tropical storm ‘Chalane’ in Mozambique – was it worth it?  

By Jurg Wilbrink (IFRC) and Anna Lena Huhn (GRC) 
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Anticipating rising food insecurity: Hunger Hotspots report

Collaboration in action! Formalizing cooperation between government agencies and humanitarian actors ...
By Bangladesh Red Crescent Society 
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Collaboration with our partners

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Strengthening partnerships between National Meteorological Services and humanitarian actors to enable anticipatory action in Argentina 

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Leveraging Knowledge to Accelerate Anticipatory Action: An interview with the AHA Centre (ASEAN Coordinating Centre on Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Management) 

Collaboration between the Anticipation Hub and Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP): Explainer document & more

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New knowledge resources


Perspectives on flood forecast-based early action and opportunities for Earth observations

This paper seeks to identify opportunities to integrate Earth observations (EO) into flood forecast-based early action and propose future directions for research and collaboration between EO and humanitarian communities.  
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Defining El Niño indices in a warming climate 

This article suggests a new way of defining El Nino that can provide a better indication of expected conditions for decision-makers that are trying to manage weather and climate risks in a changing climate. 
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The Forecast based Financing (FbF) Practitioners Manual is now available in Spanish and French

How to engage stakeholders, set the trigger and select early actions? Find answers in the FbF Practitioners Manual, a step-by-step guide for FbF implementation, now available in Spanish and French.
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Unveiling low-cost anticipatory actions for cities 

The Urban Action Kit offers possible solutions to the humanitarian community wishing to start or strengthen their urban engagement. It includes a devoted section to early warning and early action in cities.
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A guide for data scientists and humanitarian practitioners 

Start Network launched a guide for scientists and humanitarians to encourage the responsible use of scientific data in humanitarian decision-making. 

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Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action? 

This scoping study highlights how establishing a framework for forecast-based early action could help address weaknesses in preparedness and reduce disaster impacts in the Caribbean.  
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ARC Replica Pay-out, Senegal 2020 – Internal Evaluation 

This evaluation report demonstrates how insurance can help governments and organisations to predict and proactively manage climate-related humanitarian risks at scale.
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Knowledge, attitude and practice around heatwaves in Karachi

This Start Network report analyses the knowledge, attitude and practice of Karachi residents in relation to managing extreme heat, conducted in 2020 following a messaging campaign led by HANDS. 
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Policy Brief for Donor Governments 

This policy brief highlights five key policy asks prepared by the Anticipatory Action Task Force.
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Listing of job opportunities on anticipatory action

Here you can find job opportunities within the Anticipation Hub and across the Anticipatory Action community.
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Upcoming events

Sessions on Anticipatory Action at Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week on 21st and 22nd April

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Anticipatory Action (AA) in Conflict Practitioners Group Meeting on 26th April 

3rd Latin America and Caribbean Regional Platform for Dialogue on Anticipatory Action from 2 - 4th June 

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Recent news

Climate Centre colleagues help renowned board game designers to test their upcoming game on climate change

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Climate Centre and UK Met Office jointly delivered a training on “Impact-based Forecasting for Early Action''  in Nepal.

Crisis Lookout Coalition: G7 leaders urged to end the ‘disaster begging bowl’ system of aid to crisis-hit countries
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