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Locally Led Anticipatory Action Guide and Toolkit

23 February 2024 — By Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, German Cooperation, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)

The purpose of this guide is to support civil society organizations to engage with communities and other actors and structures at the local level; to play a central role in planning and establishing local mechanisms for anticipatory action and drive the process of scaling up anticipatory action.

Locally led anticipatory action is integral to strengthening locally led risk informed approaches and contributes to increased coherence in local and higher-level disaster and crisis preparedness planning processes – which realizes in practice the commitment to action as local as possible, as international as necessary.

This guidance is presented to be applicable to a wide range of hazardous events. This resource outlines an overall process and the three main approaches applied in locally led anticipatory action:

– Community-led early action: Empowering local structures and community groups to plan and implement their own early actions

– Locally led early action: Early action planning by local actors using available forecasts or predictive analysis and local decision-making

– Enhanced participatory contingency planning: Engagement in localizing the use of forecast-based action planning in multi-stakeholder contingency planning connected from the local to national level.

In addition to the guide are a set of 14 downloadable tools, referenced in the guide, to support civil society organizations.