Speakers

27th - 29th October 2020
Africa Dialogue
Platform

Virtual Edition
Maurine Ambani

Maurine Ambani

World Food Programme
FbF Regional Coordinator – Eastern and Central Africa

Anticipation?
Acting now for tomorrow

My vision?
Climate resilient futures supported by forecast based anticipatory action integrated into forecasting and disaster risk management systems

Anticipation in Africa?
Strengthened capacity and anticipatory action at scale

Irene Amuron

Irene Amuron

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Technical Advisor – Forecast based Financing

Anticipation?
We don’t have to pay for the impacts of climate change with our lives – let’s be the change NOW

My vision?
Collaboration and cooperation to anticipate and ACT

Anticipation in Africa?
More than ever before – this is the time for Africa to cast the anticipation net far and wide to cater for more people, cover many geographical areas/countries and provide better and timely support. Together, we can tackle the challenges of climate change!

Reine Anani

Reine Anani

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Sub-Regional Resilience Specialist 
West Africa and Sahel 

Anticipation?
Awareness and prompt action based on sound information to avoid panic.

My vision?
Learn from communities traditional knowledge but build on innovation/new technologies to mitigate the impact of more frequent and intensive disasters and limit the cost of humanitarian responses.

Anticipation in Africa?
Promising progress.

Seheno Andrianiaina

Seheno Andrianiaina

START NETWORK/CRS
Forecast Based Warning , Analysis and Response Network Coordinator (FOREWARN) 

Anticipation?
The more we know what's ahead, the better prepared we are for it.

My vision?
Contributing to prove to humanitarian actors that anticipation is feasible and valuable to reduce the impact of disasters.

Anticipation in Africa?
Let's use our knowledge to better protect ourselves

Danilo L. Atienza

Danilo L. Atienza

Provincial Government of Southern Leyte Philippines
Provincial Director of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Anticipation?
Convergence of knowledge and experiences from different practitioners in the field of disaster risk reduction and climate change and its application would bring about community resiliency.

My vision?
A safe community with an in depth knowledge and capacity to prepare , response and quickly rehabilitate from the impact of disaster events.

Anticipation in Africa?
A well-prepared nation from any types of disadterwoul benefit to a productive and sustainable development programs of the government and the private sectors.

Anita Auerbach (née Yeomans)

Anita Auerbach (née Yeomans)

German Red Cross
Cash-based Early Action & Social Protection

Anticipation?
Planning now for what tomorrow brings!

My vision?
Governments, supported by civil society, are able to anticipate shocks and provide predictable social assistance before, during, after disaster. National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies in their respective countries have a critical role to play in this via their role as government auxiliaries.

Anticipation in Africa?
I´m confident that the beautiful spirit and determination of Africa will drive the comprehensive rollout of Anticipatory Action throughout Africa before I reach pensionable age!

Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa

Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa

Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), African Union Commission

Anticipation?

My vision?

Anticipation in Africa?

Dominique Burgeon

Dominique Burgeon

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Director 
Office of Emergencies and Resilience 

Anticipation?
By linking early warnings to flexible financing instruments and timely actions, anticipation saves lives, safeguards agricultural livelihoods, protects food security, builds resilience to future shocks, and eases pressure on strained humanitarian resources.

My vision?
The anticipatory approach is mainstreamed in disaster risk management frameworks across African countries and beyond, leading to a decisive shift from a reactive to a preventive approach to food crises.

Anticipation in Africa?
An increasing number of African countries have established anticipatory action systems with active participation of local communities and governments: now additional efforts are needed to anticipate multiple recurrent shocks systematically.

Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo

START NETWORK
Regional Disaster Risk Financing Advisor

Anticipation?
When the information is available and reliable we MUST ACT!

My vision?
Changing humanitarian mindset to influence systems and actions

Anticipation in Africa?
All signs are showing us that for a sustainable impact we need to change our approach

Hichem Dridi

Hichem Dridi

FAO Commission for controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO)
Programme officer

Anticipation?
Looking beyond time

My vision?
Avoid surprises and be prepared

Anticipation in Africa?
Important progress

Dunja Dujanovic

Dunja Dujanovic

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Early Warning Early Action Lead

Anticipation?
A moral obligation and an essential part of disaster management

My vision?
A world where preventing humanitarian crises is considered as non-negotiable as responding to them

Anticipation in Africa?
A growing approach which can make a meaningful change in particular in terms of curbing the deterioration of food security and contributing to build resilience.

Cyril Ferrand

Cyril Ferrand

FAO’s Subregional Office for Eastern Africa

Anticipation?
Anticipatory action can be a transformative and impactful solution that builds resilience by immediately safeguarding livelihoods while at the same time, protecting longer term development gains.

My vision?
A more resilient and food secure Eastern Africa will be achieved only when we 1) address underlying fragilities, and 2) reduce the impacts of disasters by acting early based on evidence-based early warning information.

Anticipation in Africa?
Anticipatory action programmes must be brought to scale. We cannot expect macro-impacts that are successful in reversing current trends of rising food insecurity if we are only willing to make micro-investments.

Annett Günther

Annett Günther

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ambassador

Anticipation?

My vision?

Anticipation in Africa?

Ruth Hill

Ruth Hill

Centre for Disaster Protection
Chief Economist 

Anticipation?

My vision?

Anticipation in Africa?

Anna Lena Huhn

Anna Lena Huhn

German Red Cross
Regional FbF Delegate Southern Africa

Anticipation?
Informed acting on the future

My vision?
A humanitarian system that has undergone a behavioural change towards anticipation, understanding “human suffering must be addressed wherever it is forecasted to be found” as part of the humanitarian imperative of the 21st Century.

Anticipation in Africa?
Strong collaboration between the science, practitioner community and the communities most affected and exposed to climate risks in order to design FbF systems with the best contextual fit that last and can adapt over time.

Dr. Brian Kanaahe

Dr. Brian Kanaahe

Uganda Red Cross Society
Manager- Community Resilience

Anticipation?
Today,Tomorrow and Forever

My vision?
Managing risks not disasters

Anticipation in Africa?
Context-specific Anticipation Africa

Dr. Wamalwa Kinyanjui

Dr. Wamalwa Kinyanjui

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Animal Health Expert 

Anticipation?
How humanitarian crisis will be eliminated from the IGAD region

My vision?
Resilient region to emergencies

Anticipation in Africa?
Secure and prosperous Africa with minimal humanitarian emergencies

Fredrick Kivaria

Fredrick Kivaria

FAO / ECTAD
Regional Epidemiologist

Anticipation?
Community empowerment – skills and capacity -

My vision?
Community focused empowerment strategies are key to ending hunger, poverty, and inequality across the globe

Anticipation in Africa?
If you do not empower people – with skills and capacities - at the community level generations will suffer from persistent hunger and malnutrition

Bettina Koelle

Bettina Koelle

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Senior Learning Specialist and Southern African Focal Point

Anticipation?
Anticipatory capacity is a great asset for everyone

My vision?
Humanity joining forces to implement a joint vision for a better future

Anticipation in Africa?
Working together in the spirit of Ubuntu, taking action to anticipate change and achieve a better normal.

Brenda Lazarus

Brenda Lazarus

FAO’s Subregional Office for Eastern Africa
Emergency Needs Assessment and Early Warning Advisor  

Anticipation?
Key for building more resilient rural livelihoods.

My vision?
To move the dialogue from emergency response to anticipatory action and disaster risk reduction approaches.

Anticipation in Africa?
By scaling up anticipatory actions, I believe we can reverse the recent trends of rising food insecurity in East Africa.

Sibi Lawson-Marriott

Sibi Lawson-Marriott

Regional Bureau World Food Programme
Senior Regional Adviser: Climate Change Adaptation

Anticipation?
After many years working on crisis prevention, response and recovery, I ANTICIPATE a time when we can work smarter, together, for better results and reduced losses and suffering.

My vision?
I dream of a world where communities, governments and partners work together to solve the most challenging problems of our time

Anticipation in Africa?
As one of the regions most affected by climate shocks, Africa should take the lead and demonstrate to the world the potential of anticipatory action.

Leonardo Milano

Leonardo Milano

United Nations OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data
Predictive Analytics team lead

Anticipation?
An impact amplifier for humanitarian response

My vision?
Modelers and humanitarians understanding each other

Anticipation in Africa?
An opportunity to implement impactful programs, not a testing ground for AA

Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein

Mohammed Omer Mukhier-Abuzein

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Africa 
Regional Director, Africa 

Anticipation?
Moving from rapid response to early action is no longer an option but mandatory.

My vision?
To inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote all forms of Anticipatory humanitarian and developmental activities by Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in Africa and beyond.

Anticipation in Africa?
A strong Red Cross Red Crescent network in Africa that is able to support communities to anticipate and prepare for disasters through a regional cooperation approach that brings together relevant stakeholders and financing.

Emmah Mwangi

Emmah Mwangi

Kenya Red Cross Society
Acting Climate Research Manager

Anticipation?
Enhanced institutionalization, coordination and harmonization of initiatives.

My vision?
Meteorological services to be fully integrated in anticipatory work.

Anticipation in Africa?
FbA approach to be scaled up beyond small-scale pilots and to a wider range of hazard contexts, beyond fast onset / hydrological disasters.

Jasper Batureine Mwesigwa

Jasper Batureine Mwesigwa

Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Regional Food Security Analyst  

Anticipation?
Efficient and reliable early warning systems can help avert escalation of humanitarian crises. If decision makers receive the right (EW) information, and in good time, they undoubtedly would take the right actions.

My vision?
A food secure, developed, self-sufficient (in terms of food availability and access) IGAD region.

Anticipation in Africa?
Intensify the adoption of improved agricultural technologies; strengthen early warning systems, and build the capacity of governments and other actors to mitigate and/or be able to quickly respond to natural and man-made shocks and prevent them evolving into large-scale humanitarian crises.

Paul Opio

Paul Opio

FAO
Livestock Officer 

Anticipation?
Doing just before

My vision?
Africa and the world where agriculture is the base of successful and resilient rural livelihoods free from hunger and insecurity.

Anticipation in Africa?
Rarely practiced as concept

Luca Parodi

Luca Parodi

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Regional Specialist for Early Warning – Early Action , West Africa and Sahel 

Anticipation?
Something that needs to become a daily habit

My vision?
A more proactive and efficient way to manage disasters, owned and led by local stakeholders.

Anticipation in Africa?
It’s already happening, but we must collaborate to upscale it further.

Leon Guy RAZAFINDRAKOTO

Leon Guy RAZAFINDRAKOTO

African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD)
Head of Weather Watch and Forecasting Department 

Anticipation?
Effective planning

My vision?
To see high quality meteorological information and services better integrated in policies, planning and operational practices in Africa.

Anticipation in Africa?
Management of available knowledge and information to meet the needs of National Meteorological Services and regional users across the continent.

Claudia Pittiglio, PhD

Claudia Pittiglio, PhD

FAO Headquarters (Animal Production and Health (NSAH); Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease)
Disease ecologist and risk modeler

Anticipation?
The capacity of preventing disease threats using risk forecasting, expert knowledge and risk assessment for early warning

My vision?
I strongly believe that timely information on the risk of disease occurrence, persistence and spread through risk modelling, forecasting and early warning integrated with expert knowledge enhances decision making to better prevent, detect and control animal disease threats

Anticipation in Africa?
The Rift Valley Fever Decision Support Tool (DST) is a good example of how near real-time modelling, risk forecasting and digital innovation can enhance preparedness and anticipatory actions. The tool can be used to build capacity on early warning and forecasting at country level.

Alexandra Rüth

Alexandra Rüth

German Red Cross
Head of Anticipation Hub 

Anticipation?
YESSSS! Absolutely needed. We cannot only wait until disasters happen...

My vision?
A more forward looking humanitarian system and more donors investing in anticipatory humanitarian action. We have to bring anticipatory action to scale - jointly. Therefore partnerships are crucial and exchanging our joint learnings.

Anticipation in Africa?
Climate Change will unfortunately have big impacts on the continent. We should do everything we can to advance the “anticipation agenda” in Africa not forgetting general resilience building, DRR and Preparedness for effective response.

Francesca Sangiorgi

Francesca Sangiorgi

Regional Desert Locust Alliance (RDLA)
Coordinator/Kenya Cash Consortium Coordinator

Anticipation?
Mitigating the worst effects of a crisis

My vision?
More flexible funding that enable partners to implement anticipatory action and stronger analytical framework to forecast impact

Anticipation in Africa?
Strengthening resilience

Jean Pierre Senghor, Ph.D

Jean Pierre Senghor, Ph.D

SE-CNSA
Minister Counsellor to the President of the Republic
Executive Secretary of SE-CNSA

Anticipation?
Decisions made and actions taken before the occurrence of an event

My vision?
Anticipating is imagining what has not yet happened and preparing, through concrete strong actions, to mitigate the effects of its occurrence, when it happens.

Anticipation in Africa?
Anticipation in Africa is a major challenge for all governments as it is one of the key levers for economic development

Phoebe Wafubwa Shikuku

Phoebe Wafubwa Shikuku

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Disaster Risk Reduction & Forecast based Financing Advisor  

Anticipation?
Climate Information & Early Warning meeting finance for early action

My vision?
See African Governments mainstreaming anticipatory actions into their annual plans and budget to support in community preparedness and resilience building

Anticipation in Africa?
Africa more than ever needs to be proactive in Disaster Management. Anticipatory Humanitarian Action has gained massive momentum and we should make the best use of this momentum to influence government and Regional Disaster Risk Management Strategies for more anticipation rather than reaction.

Dr Liz Stephens

Dr Liz Stephens

University of Reading / Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
Associate Professor

Anticipation?
Anticipation means acting when an event and its impacts are still uncertain

My vision?
Action from early warning systems embedded within government plans, not just the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Anticipation in Africa?
Anticipation in Africa plays a key role in reducing the impact of climate-driven hazards.

Coumba Sow

Coumba Sow

Food And Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Sub Regional Coordinator for Resilience , West Africa and Sahel 

Anticipation?
Anticipation is fundamental to our work in agriculture and livestock in West Africa and the Sahel.

My vision?
Enable farmers, pastoralists and women entrepreneurs to better manage the risk they face in our region.

Anticipation in Africa?
It is being enacted since centuries through traditional knowledge and agricultural practices: we now need to learn from these approaches and scale them up in the context of climate change.

Marie Wagner

Marie Wagner

Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
Research Associate

Anticipation?
…is the missing piece in this puzzle.

My vision?
Through collective efforts, real joint power and dialogue we can bring our best approaches forward.

Anticipation in Africa?
…is nothing new – and it’s about time to revolutionize through scaling up.

Jurg Wilbrink

Jurg Wilbrink

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Disaster Risk Reduction & Forecast-based Financing Advisor 

Anticipation?
The next big paradigm shift in humanitarian assistance and the general mindset of humans.

My vision?
Nations incorporating the anticipatory approach in their disaster regulation and guidelines.

Anticipation in Africa?
Africa will unfortunately be impacted heavily by the effects of climate change – Southern Africa most likely will experience elongated periods of drought and the anticipation of slow-onset events should be a high priority in this region.

Deirdre O’Sullivan-Winks

Deirdre O’Sullivan-Winks

The Centre for Disaster Protection
Senior Consultant

Anticipation?
Fundamental to reducing the costs and severity of predictable climate-related disasters for at-risk communities.

My vision?
That disasters are paid for with money, not with lives.

Anticipation in Africa?
Excellent examples of innovative and participatory approaches to acting early and saving lives across the continent.

Mohamed Yarrow

Mohamed Yarrow

Centre for Peace and Democracy (Director); Nexus Somali-locally led Consortium Member

Anticipation?
Saves life and cost effective compared to after-shock response

My vision?
We invest in, listen to and respond to communities and local authorities

Anticipation in Africa?
Anticipation institutionalized by governments in Africa as part of their response structure