WHAT IS IARP
The Innovative Approaches to Response Preparedness (IARP) programme leverages forecast-based financing, data preparedness, and cash transfer programming to reduce the impact of climate change-related disasters on vulnerable populations. Each year, the Netherlands Red Cross works with one of the three implementing national societies to organise a meeting for all IARP partners in one of the programme countries (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia).
WHO IS IT FOR
The annual meeting included 30 participants involved in the IARP project. Representatives attended from the Kenya Red Cross, Uganda Red Cross, Ethiopia Red Cross, British Red Cross, & Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) & 510.
WHY IS IT NEEDED
Many climate-related events like floods and droughts are predictable and their impact on people can be lessened if risks and beneficiaries are identified in advance of a disaster. IARP establishes an Early Warning Early Action system that enables national societies, in partnership with government and other agencies, to deliver cost-effective, targeted, and timely action for the most vulnerable people facing climate-related disasters.
The annual meeting is an opportunity for IARP partners to evaluate implementation progress, discuss project management and technical topics, and stimulate learning between implementing countries.
WHAT WE DID
On the first day of the meeting, implementing national societies reported on successes and challenges in implementation thus far. Sheila Chemjor, the NLRC technical advisor for IARP, led participants in an interactive exercise to identify key elements to ensure programme sustainability. On the second day, 510 staff Ted Bolton, Jurg Wilbrink, and Agathe Bucherie partnered with Climate Centre advisors Irene Amuron and Maurine Ambani to lead two sessions on data needs and preparedness for forecast-based financing, including using the social protection scheme in cash transfer programming. The final day included a case study from Kenya, a Q&A session with technical advisors, and communications and budget discussions.
WHERE & WHEN WE STARTED
The meeting was held in Entebbe, Uganda.
IARP began in 2018 and runs until 2022 with funding from the IKEA Foundation. This year’s annual meeting was from 30 September to 2 October.
Written by Jurg Wilbrink, Jolien van der Steen, Ted Bolton, and Elise Garton