The overarching result sought by the Group is that the IASC system, as part of wider efforts, is effectively and efficiently prepared to respond to emergencies and protracted crises. Please refer to Terms of Reference and Ref. Group Work Plan
These Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are intended to help catalyse and guide earlier humanitarian and development action to future ENSO-related extreme weather events (including drought, flooding, cyclones and extreme heat/cold and related events such as disease outbreaks). The SOPs outline what actions need to be taken, by whom and by when, once there are warning signs of a possible or impending ENSO event, to mitigate or prevent its impacts. They outline development and humanitarian actions for the international system.
Agenda:Status update on individual work streams as per TORRisk Analysis, Early Warning, Early ActionINFORMSOP for ENSO (El Niño) eventsPreparedness Approaches, in particular the ERPSimulationThe Case for PreparednessIASC RG REWP Meeting Summary - 22nd March 2017
Agenda:Review and endorsement of the draft work plan 2016-17 for the group, and validation of the proposed lead entities for activities.Status update on individual work streamsRisk Analysis, Early Warning, Early Action: EWEAR Report, InfoRM, and slow onset SOPPreparedness Approaches, in particular the ERPSimulationThe Case for Preparedness - Return on Investment (RoI) StudyTechnology: ALERT project and proposed workshopOperational LessonsAOB
In early 2015, a joint UNICEF/ WFP research initiative supported by DFID and conducted by the Boston Consulting Group established that the average financial return on investment (ROI) for 49 humanitarian preparedness interventions analyzed in high risk contexts is more than 200%.This means that every $1 spent on preparing is worth more than $2 in the event of an emergency. Preparedness was also shown to save responders more than one week of operational time on average – reaching more people faster to save more lives.