This year’s theme is ‘Preparing for the (un)predictable: anticipatory action in the face of a changing climate and changing contexts’ and you can read the concept note for the event in English, French and Portuguese.

The three days will focus on different sub-themes as follows:

  • Regional lessons and regional roadmaps
  • Regional roadmaps to national practices
  • Anticipatory action in a changing future - can this be locally led?

The agenda is packed with a fantastic line-up of speakers and panellists, drawn from communities, the private sector, governments, academia and the humanitarian sector. There are also several interactive sessions where participants can share their ideas, views and feedback. The plenary sessions will be translated online from English into Arabic, French and Portuguese.
09:15 - 09:40

Opening session

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  • Shadrack Musyoka, Acting Head of Delegation Pretoria, IFRC South Africa
  • Sithembiso Gina, Head of DRR, SADC
  • Marten Menger, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Marlies Lensink, Regional Thematic Expert Disaster Preparedness and Food/Cash Assistance, ECHO
  • Lewis Hove, Team Leader, Resilience and Emergencies Hub Southern Africa, FAO
  • Margaret Malu, Deputy Regional Director, WFP
  • Lucretia Puentes, Head of START Funds, Start Network
  • Kara Devonna Siahaan, Head, Anticipation Hub
09:40 - 10:45

More, better, together: collaboration and partnership in Africa

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In this interactive session, we will learn about the Global Overview Report: Anticipatory Action in 2022, the regional working groups and get updates from the regional roadmaps. We will introduce the thematic working groups, tools and resources available from the Anticipation Hub – including partner-led activities. Let's jointly identify opportunities to turn ambition into action by operationalizing roadmaps and plans through growing the anticipatory action community, engaging meaningfully with at-risk communities, and strengthening exchanges and learning between science, policy and practice.


Regional AA Working Group southern Africa (RAAWG)
  • Jurg Wilbrink, Regional Anticipatory Action Coordinator, IFRC Africa
  • Quraishia Merzouk, Regional Early Warning Anticipatory Action Specialist, FAO
  • Anna Lena Huhn, Regional Anticipatory Action Advisor, WFP Southern Africa

IGAD Regional AA Working Group
  • Viola Otieno, EO expert for Early Warning Systems, IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre
  • Maurine Ambani, FbF Regional Coordinator, WFP
  • Jurg Wilbrink, Regional Anticipatory Action Coordinator, IFRC Africa

Interagency coordination on AA Western & Central Africa
  • Mariama Nouhou , AA Coordinator, WFP Niger 
  • Tiga Neya, AA Coordinator, WFP Burkina Faso

Kara Devonna Siahaan, Head, Anticipation Hub

10:45 - 11:30