Newsletter – March 2016
Dialogue Platform Event in Geneva 2015 (December)
Next Dialogue-Platform for the Federal Foreign Office Action Plan in Geneva 2016
We are excited to announce the third Dialogue Platform (DP) event within the framework of the Federal Foreign Office Action Plan, which is planned for 5th to 7th of July, 2016 in Geneva. As one of the outcomes of the last DP, the coordination team decided to keep the number of participants on day 2 and 3 limited to 50 and to have one day for the broader public on the first day. Invitations will be send out early april (for day 2-3). Registration for day 1 will open as well early april. Feel free to approach your partners and other interested stakeholders to participate in day 1.
Peru Fbf Project
The first trigger for strong rain (due to El Nino) and consequent floods has been reached in December and medium-term preparedness actions (such as awareness raising and trainings) were carried out in Piura and Lambayeque (Peru). The second threshold reached in January triggered more complex and cost-intensive actions (such as reinforcement of houses, distributions of hygiene parcels etc.). New pictures and reports now show that our target areas have been partly flooded. We hope that people are well prepared and that we can soon measure the positive impact of Fbf. Read the latest webstory of Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre regarding the Peru experience.
Updated Policy Paper on Forecast based financing (Fbf)
The Policy Paper for Forecast-based financing (elaborated for the COP 21) is now available in a second edition.
COHAFA Meeting in Brussels: Fbf Presentation
On 3rd and 4th of March, German Red Cross presented the Federal Foreign Office Action Plan at the COHAFA (Council working party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid) in Brussels. The general Fbf concept as well as detailed practical results from Peru and Uganda were presented to the council`s working part on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid and later on to the Red Cross EU Office in Brussels.
Fbf article for the Routledge Companion
Different co-authors (RCCC, GRC delegates, National Societies, WFP, IFRC) wrote an article on forecast-based financing for the Routledge Companion on Media and Humanitarian Action. The article analyses the scientific background, practical implications and future challenges of Fbf, with practical examples from pilot projects and first lessons learned. The article will be available on our website soon.
Meeting with other European humanitarian donors
For March 10th, 2016 the Federal Foreign Office invites different donors of Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden and others) plus the respective National Societies to a "donor meeting" on Forecast-based financing. The objective is to get the interest of other donors to invest in Fbf and to start discussing a possible preparedness fund with the participation of different governments. GRC is currently preparing this meeting where not only the overall concept will be presented, but also our first experiences of pilot countries and a first brainstorming about a financing mechanism.
Fbf Side Event at the World Humanitarian Summit 2016
We are currently working on a side-event and a concept for the exhibition fair for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (23 and 24 of May, 2016). The side-event will be a multi-stakeholder high-level panel together with IFRC, RCCC, WFP, FAO and the Federal Foreign Office. We deeply hope to get the chance to present our concept during the summit.
Understanding Risk Forum
Before the World Humanitarian Summit, the Understanding Risk Forum is taking place in Istanbul. Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre together with German Red Cross will have a side-event on “Changing The Course : Science and Forecast-based Financing Make Humanitarians Act Faster”.
Meeting in Mozambique
The GRC Forecast-based financing team is meeting between the 14th of March and the 17th of March in Maputo/Mozambique to further work on the Fbf methodology. Webinars regarding the methodology are planned to start in April and May. We will send out invitations to all of you. Feel free to contact us for any additional input.