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FOREWARN initiative


  Facilitating Enhanced Organisational Responsiveness for Effective West African Risk Reduction Overall objective: Contribute to the enhancement of effective disaster risk reduction in the West Africa region by strengthening organisations’’ capacities in anticipation, adaptation, collaboration, innovation and strategic leadership to reduce vulnerability to emerging and evolving threats related to both natural hazards and conflict. Specific [...]

Ecuador Country Mission Report


The mission. The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) of Kings College aims to assist humanitarian organizations to deal better with the challenges of the 21st century, by identifying areas in which they can become more anticipatory, adaptive and collaborative. The HFP made an assessment visit to the Ecuador country team of the UN in September 2007. [...]

Cross border risks and transboundary risk governance in West Africa


Case study of the Volta River Basin   Disasters and disaster risks do not recognise national borders. This will become increasingly true over the coming decades, as natural hazards combine increasingly with ‘man-made’ hazards, leading to risks that are increasingly complex and cascading. This places great importance on strengthening effective cross-border risk govern- ance. Yet, [...]



A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF ECOWAS   Introduction The Humanitarian Futures Programme is working in collaboration with the ECOWAS Commission in order to assess and enhance the latter’s long-term planning capacity during its restructuring and expansion. The project is intended to relate ECOWAS’ emerging commitment to disaster risk reduction (DRR) within the context of its conflict [...]

Trends and drivers of change in humanitarian action 2025


The Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP) consists of four broad activities: Work to build the capacity of participants in futures methods and approaches Establishing and improving dialogue between scientists and humanitarian policy makers/ practitioners A programme of innovations relevant to humanitarian operations Development of methods and tools The participant programme is underway with UN-OCHA, UNDP-BCPR and [...]

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