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    Adopting anticipatory action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: Learning from the ASEAN region
    Webinar – 4 April 2022: Key takeaway messages
    2022
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    This webinar, the fifth webinar of a series on Anticipatory Action, was called “Adopting Anticipatory Action and shock-responsive social protection to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience: Learning from the ASEAN region”. It was co-organised with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, in close collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Regional technical working group on Anticipatory Action and support from the European Union, by the Knowledge Sharing Platform on Resilience, within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO's) Office of Emergencies and Resilience. Since May 2019, the FAO-led consortium of United Nations (UN) agencies (World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund, UN Women), Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (German Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (Save the Children International, People in Need, and Dan Church Aid) have been implementing the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO)-funded project: Scaling up Anticipatory Action and Shock Responsive Social Protection (SRSP) with innovative use of climate risk information for disaster resilience in ASEAN. The ambition of this project was to introduce new and innovative approaches in the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response and its work programme. Since its inception, the project has been implementing the ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection to support country roadmaps to incorporate it alongside Anticipatory Action. Specific target countries included: Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam. In mid-October 2021, the project commissioned an independent external evaluation to assess the: (i) relevance of ECHO-supported interventions since 2017; (ii) efficiency and effectiveness of implementation encompassing partnerships, operational arrangements and resource utilization; (iii) achievement of results and impacts on capacity development of ASEAN member states, particularly project target countries and ASEAN; and (iv) cross-cutting issues including inclusivity and resilience. The participatory review process involved all relevant stakeholders: beneficiaries, government officials, ASEAN sector bodies, implementing UN agencies, NGO partners and others. Against this background, the webinar specifically aimed to: • present the key findings on the progress of advancing Anticipatory Action and SRSP in ASEAN (and beyond) through an institutionalized approach; • illustrate project results and lessons learned relevant to the adoption, institutionalization and sustainable financing of Anticipatory Action and SRSP, including meaningful evidence of the project’s COVID-19 cash transfer impacts on beneficiaries; and • discuss recommendations for further scaling up and sustaining the proven approaches.
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    Climate-induced human mobility: How can anticipatory action play a role in Asia and the Pacific? 2023
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    There is growing evidence that acting prior to the onset of a predictable shock is significantly more effective, faster and more dignified than traditional humanitarian response. This is what is known as anticipatory action. It links early warnings to pre-emptive actions designed to protect communities and their assets. However, while the approach has gained prominence and is becoming a staple in the disaster risk management (DRM) toolbox, its link to human mobility contexts remains relatively unexplored, despite the strong relationships between climate hazards, displacement and climate-induced migration. This paper, combining the efforts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), aims to fill this gap and examine opportunities to integrate a human mobility lens within anticipatory action. Anticipatory action not only helps protect and mitigate the impact of hazards on displaced and host populations but also allows to set the basis for long-term planning, promoting self-reliance instead of dependence on humanitarian assistance. The current assumption of this paper harnesses the lessons learned so far on the approach and promotes that investing in anticipatory action before a climate-related shock or crisis is necessary to help displaced populations and host communities shield themselves and promote durable solutions to displacement. In particular, the complex relationship between climate change, conflict, migration and displacement demonstrates the importance of context- and gender-sensitive anticipatory action.
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    FAO-WFP Anticipatory Action Strategy
    Scaling up anticipatory actions to prevent food crises – September 2023
    2023
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    Recognizing that the increasing number of food crises require resources and capacities far beyond the reach of any individual organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are partnering together to scale up the reach of Anticipatory Action. This means acting ahead of predicted hazards to mitigate acute humanitarian impacts before they fully unfold. The two agencies are committed to further strengthening collaboration on selected strategic and technical areas that bring out their comparative strengths and maximize the benefit to communities at risk of shocks to their food security. By partnering on scaling up Anticipatory Action, WFP and FAO commit to: 1. jointly deliver a comprehensive set of Anticipatory Action measures to protect people’s food security from shocks; 2. expand the geographic coverage and anticipation for different types of shocks, beyond hydrometeorological hazards, that can be predicted and affect agriculture and food security; and 3. jointly advocate for the mainstreaming of Anticipatory Action within key policies, processes and institutions, including disaster risk management, social protection and climate change adaptation to enable sustainability and greater cost efficiencies.

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