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19.10.2020 // 11:30

Potentials and challenges of anticipatory humanitarian action from the perspective of local and international aid organizations


Dr Michael Ryan
Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Adrian
President of the World Meteorological Organisation

Dr. Erin Coughlan de Perez
Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre

Hendrik Roggendorf
Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe

Marie-Luise Beck
Deutsches Klima-Konsortium


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The workshop aimed at addressing potentials and challenges in anticipatory humanitarian action. Anticipatory action is a set of actions to prevent or mitigate potential disaster impacts prior to shocks or before acute impacts are felt. It is an integral part of the broader disaster risk management system. Complementary to traditional humanitarian response, it enables people at risk to take early actions based on forecast information on upcoming hazard events or crises, which is also supported by financing mechanisms. There has been growing evidence that anticipatory action reduced disaster impacts and potential negative coping mechanisms at the household and community level, as well as reduced costs and time of humanitarian actions.

Several project examples from Germany´s Relief Coalition and German Red Cross demonstrated how required mechanisms and capacities are built to implement anticipatory action. Particularly the experiences of the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Deutschland in the Philippines have shown how trust building and development of communication channels for quick exchange, supported by budgeted finance for early actions, are a very important basis for anticipatory action. It is also important to note that longer-term collaboration is necessary in order to conduct effective anticipatory action. On the other hand, Islamic Relief Deutschland emphasizes the importance of localization and strengthening local capacities to build the foundation for anticipatory action. This has been exemplified through the STRIDE projects in various countries, particularly in Indonesia. Additionally, Germany´s Relief Coalition demonstrated growing projects and activities of anticipatory action. Financing possibilities and knowledge building / transfer have been identified as potential and important intervention areas to be conducted at the coalition level in this regard. Finally, the German Red Cross introduced the Anticipation Hub as a knowledge and exchange platform as well as partnership building for the active organisations and agencies working on anticipatory action.


i) German Red Cross and Germany´s Relief Coalition: Brief Introduction on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action and Forecast-Based Financing

ii) Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland: ASB's Humanitarian partnership approach for anticipatory inclusive humanitarian response in the Philippines

iii) Islamic Relief Deutschland: Protecting lives and dignity of communities at risk through institutional development and partnerships

iv) Germany´s Relief Coalition: Efforts to implement anticipatory action at the Germany´s Relief Coalition

v) German Red Cross: Establishment of Anticipation-Hub

Martin Kunstmann
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland
Johny-Iskandar Chandrasakti und Sabrina Khan
Islamic Relief Deutschland
Neysa Setiadi
Aktion Deutschland Hilft
Alexandra Rüth
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
Dr. Markus Moke
Aktion Deutschland Hilft
Dr. Thorsten Klose-Zuber (Moderator)
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

Gefördert durch:
german humanitarian assistance
Mit Unterstützung von: katNET DKKV Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe