The Facilitating Organisational Responsiveness for Effective West African Risk Reduction (FOREWARN) Initiative is a 3-year project which seeks to enhance disaster risk reduction in the West African region by strengthening institutional conditions and capacities, particularly at the regional level.
There remains tremendous potential for science and technology to better support community resilience building. Unlocking this potential is dependent on strengthening the exchange of knowledge or ‘dialogue’ between those with scientific and technological risk, directly affected people and those bodies which seek to support them, and HFP efforts have been focused on developing understanding regarding those approaches and frameworks which can best support this process.
The types, dimensions and dynamics of humanitarian crises are dramatically increasing – in some instances, exponentially. Capacities needed to prevent, prepare for and respond to such crises go well beyond the humanitarian sector as presently configured, and require a much wider range of competencies and capacities as well as human and financial resources than normally used by humanitarian actors. Bringing together international representatives from the military, the humanitarian sector, governments and the private sector through a series of thematic focus groups, key informant interviews, a 1 ½ day scenario exercise, and end of project workshop, the project will develop the knowledge base on the current and potential use of military capacities for humanitarian crisis prevention/risk reduction, preparedness and response.
With both crises and the humanitarian operating environment becoming more complex, the capacities of actors traditionally involved in the coordination, implementation and financing of humanitarian action are regularly being stretched. This is resulting in ‘non-traditional’ actors being called upon more and more to engage in a range of activities. The private sector is one of several ‘new’ actors which is increasingly becoming involved in humanitarian action along with the military, Diaspora, non-state actors, and non-western donors, and with this engagement comes challenges as well as opportunities.
HFP worked with Save the Children International on the future of humanitarian action in urban contexts, in order to inform how a new Humanitarian Affairs Unit within SCI can harness speculative and future-oriented thinking in order to anticipate and adapt to future challenges in the urban environment.
The Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) commissioned HFP to undertake a study in 2013 to address the following overarching research question: Are NGOs, UN organisations, donors, governments and policy makers that implement, fund and influence emergency cash transfer programming ‘fit for the future’?
Humanitarian Crises, Emergency Preparedness and Response: the role of the business and private sector challenges the traditional view of humanitarian community which has tended to see the private sector principally as a source of goods, services, philanthropy and periodic ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) initiatives, however, a more comprehensive understanding of the humanitarian–private sector interface is needed. How can the private sector effectively engage with preparedness and emergency response and how can it further humanitarian objectives, including within the scope of its ‘core competencies and business’?
How policy-makers prepare for future crises was a joint initiative by the Humanitarian Futures Programme, the international polling firm, Ipsos MORI, and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The project was designed to analyse and assess how policy-makers understand and envision future humanitarian threats and development challenges and the opportunities to build and invest in increased resilience.
2008 – 2009 The project aimed to enhance ECOWAS’ pre-emptive conflict prevention capacities by developing more strategic approaches with the inter-relationship between future humanitarian threats and potential conflict.
December 2007 – December 2010 BRAC and the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) engaged in a number of joint activities to: explore how BRAC was addressing longer term humanitarian threats; and familiarise the HFP with BRAC’s work and approach, within Bangladesh and internationally. In April 2009, the HFP conducted a preliminary futures assessment with BRAC. The…