As detailed in our most recent annual report (for 2022), we were supported as a specialist IFRC global Reference Centre by our hosts, the Netherlands Red Cross in The Hague, which also helps with human resources and legal affairs, and the ICRC and the IFRC secretariat, as well as the American, Australian, British, Danish, French, German, Norwegian and Swedish Red Cross.
Other recent contributors and partners were (alphabetically): the Atlantic Council, CICERO Centre for International Climate Climate-KIC/EIT, Concern Worldwide, Cordaid, DAI Global Belgium, the European Investment Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the German Agency for International Cooperation, Inter-American Development Bank, IOP Publishing, the Liechtenstein government, Met Office (UK), Overseas Development Institute (UK), Practical Action, SouthSouthNorth, Stichting Deltares (Netherlands), Tetra Tech ARD (US), the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the World Food Programme.
We are also grateful for contributions from the Universities of Bristol, Reading, Stockholm, Twente, Umea, and VU (Amsterdam).
One of our most important multilateral partnerships is the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, intended to protect a billion people in the developing world from extreme weather and launched at the UN General Assembly in 2019.
We work closely with the German, Netherlands and British Red Cross on the anticipatory action they’re supporting around the world, directly providing technical advice in the field to many of the 30-plus National Societies implementing early action programmes, and with the forecast-based action team at the IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund.
Our scientists are members of the World Weather Attribution group, which also includes the Netherlands met service, KNMI, whose CEO since 2022 is Maarten van Aalst, our former director, and Oxford University.
Other national meteorological services we work closely with include Kenya’s and the UK Met Office and, on forecast-based financing operations, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department and Ecuador’s Instituto Nacional de Meteorología en Hidrología.
Our work on climate-centred social protection includes close collaboration on training with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and with the World Bank in the Sahel to support early action there.
We work on the design and delivery of innovation learning and advocacy with the Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, the Parsons New School for Design, and the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Applied Improvisation Network.