Translating early warning into early action

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Despite early warning systems like FEWS NET, why does it take a full blown crisis for funding to finally come in?

“No one can say they did not see last year’s food crisis in East Africa coming; there was almost a year of increasingly strong warnings, but it was not until Somalia was formally declared to be in a state of famine that substantial funding finally started coming in.

After this, just the latest of a long series of failures to translate early warnings into timely action, researchers at London’s Chatham House embarked on a project to try to find out why.”

Read IRIN Global’s exploration in its entirety: AID POLICY: Translating early warning into early action.

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