510 AND MALAWI RED CROSS AT THE REGIONAL AFRICAN DIALOGUE PLATFORM

WHAT IS THE AFRICAN DIALOGUE PLATFORM

The Regional African Dialogue Platform on Forecast-based Financing (FbF) aims to improve understanding of the FbF concept, the funding mechanism, & methodology. It also works to foster collaboration among key actors working to reduce the impact of natural disasters, improve systems readiness and response by using the window of opportunity between a forecast and a potential disaster.

The Second Regional African Dialogue Platform took place on September 17-19, 2019, in Maputo City, Mozambique. The event was organized by the Mozambican Red Cross (CVM), CVA, IFRC, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Red Cross Climate Centre, with support from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

WHO WAS IT FOR

This Regional Dialogue Platform gathers disaster managers, scientists, experts and practitioners to exchange knowledge, experience, & ideas in science, policy, & practice. The participants were representatives from 20 African countries, such as members of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Geneva, Nairobi, & Pretoria. Over 140 people attended the event.

WHY IS IT NEEDED

The exchanges are essential to the advancement of early warning early action through FbF in the African region.

Since the first Dialogue Platform in 2015, a fast-growing number of FbF projects are currently being implemented worldwide. The FbF methodology keeps developing as networks form and lessons collected. With this growing number of stakeholders involved, it is crucial to not only hold discussions on a global level but also to encourage cooperation and exchange on a regional level.

This second Regional African Dialogue Platform thus focused on enhancing the understanding of the FbF concept on a regional level, exploring possible funding mechanism as well as discussing the methodology to implement the approach.

WHAT THE MALAWI NATIONAL SOCIETY DID

Wonderful Kunje, Data Analyst at Malawi Red Cross and Marijke Panis, 510 Impact and Hazard Analyst attended the event. Malawi Red Cross shared its experience on how they are working close to the government to ensure the digitalizing of data collection and storing. As a National Society found it difficult to find a suitable platform for data, Malawi gave the example of MASDAP, on which data is shared while owned by the government.

Another topic was how the government is working hand in hand with National Societies. During previous disasters, the Malawi Red Cross Society took the lead with Information Management and was able to capture and share reliable data with the government and organizations.

In terms of Early Warning Early Action, the Malawi Red Cross has trained volunteers to help disseminate information to people at risk, based on the messages that are disseminated by the government. These teams have done a good job this year, as we saw a lower number of casualties.

WHEN & WHERE WE STARTED

The timeline of our FdF related work is:

  • 2013: Forecast-Based Financing is initiated by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). The approach allows access to funding for early actions based on in-depth climate forecasts and risk analyses.
  • 2015: The German Red Cross implemented FdF.
  • 2016: Building on the knowledge of the German Red Cross, 510 started discussions on Impact-based Forecasting (IbF), which is part of FbF.
  • 2017: 510 implemented IbF.
  • Currently, the FbF method is being implemented in over 22 countries worldwide.

We are currently focusing on the following countries:

  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Ethiopia

Written by Malawi Data Analyst Wonderful Kunje and Catalina Barzescu 

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