Advances in forecasting and technology promise more effective early warning systems for natural hazards. What stands between disaster alert and action, and how can the impact of early warning tools be enhanced?
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The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action is a collective response from the humanitarian sector to improve humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.
Using member expertise, it produces tools and analysis relating to activities and performance within the humanitarian sector. As part of its focus on shared learning, the website publishes many interesting 'lessons learned' papers. It also has a series of learning and accountability portals to facilitate this, where members can share information on evaluation and learning activities.
A project of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, AlertNet is a news aggregator that aims to raise awareness of humanitarian crises around the globe, particularly 'forgotten' emergencies that rarely make headlines. It publishes news from over 400 aid agencies and other media outlets across a range of topics, from natural disasters to climate change to health. AlertNet also provides tools for journalists, including facts and figures, crisis briefings and training modules.
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an independent centre in the Asia and Pacific Region, working towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.
It promotes disaster awareness, the development of local capabilities, and institutionalised disaster management and mitigation policies.
Specific areas of work include risk assessment, mainstreaming DRR into development processes, urban risk management, and climate change risk management. The ADPC conducts regular regional, national, and local training courses for governments, scientists, and humanitarian policymakers alike.
The website hosts details on the centre's thematic focus and core programmes, as well as information on training and information and knowledge management.
The primary aim of the emBRACE (Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe) project is to build resilience to disasters amongst European communities.
To achieve this, the organisation combines research knowledge, networking and practices. It believes that more coherent scientific approaches will only be produced through collaboration. emBRACE is currently developing indicators and indicator systems to measure resilience concerning natural disaster events in Europe.
The website contains details of the project's work packages and methods, as well as a series of case studies.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide centre providing expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.
HHI's aim is to advance the science and practice of humanitarian action worldwide so as to reduce the impacts of disasters.
Its Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning examines the use of information communications technologies in conflict and disaster settings. Research focuses on identifying patterns in humanitarian emergencies to improve warning and response. Specifically, HHI undertakes extensive examination of the use of crisis mapping, geospatial and crowd sourcing technologies to prepare, mitigate, and respond to emergencies.
The website showcases the initiative's work, as well as making a number of programme publications and working papers available.