Anticipatory Action

CERF provides funding for OCHA-facilitated anticipatory action pilots 

Today, we can predict with increasing confidence the occurrence and humanitarian impact of certain shocks. By combining different analytical approaches, out-of-the-ordinary events can not only be predicted, but their projected humanitarian impact can proactively be mitigated based on pre-identified anticipatory actions. This has proven to be faster, more dignified and more cost-effective than traditional humanitarian response.   

Recognizing the merits of targeted anticipatory action, over the past few years, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has taken on an increasing role in supporting the set-up and financing of anticipatory action pilot initiatives that are led by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and designed for and in close collaboration with the broader humanitarian system.

CERF funding for anticipatory action complements the fund’s core funding functions under the Rapid Response (RR) and Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) windows. It is currently restricted to the OCHA-led pilot initiatives, meaning that requests for funding outside of these initiatives are not possible.

Additional Resources:

More detailed information on OCHA’s involvement with Anticipatory Action can be found here.

More detailed information on CERF's role in funding OCHA-facilitated Anticipatory Action can be found here.

Practical guidance for colleagues who work on agreed anticipatory action framework can be found here.