A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks


This page is updated regularly with new organizations endorsing the Charter, as well as their commitments to implementing it.


December 1, 2023

Austria endorses ‘Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks’.

November 29, 2023

The Centre for Disaster Protection endorses ‘Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks’. Detailed commitments will be announced in due course.

November 30, 2023

The Dirección Nacional del Sinae of Uruguay endorses ‘Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks’. Detailed commitments will be announced in due course.

December 3, 2023

Education Cannot Wait endorses ‘Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks’. Detailed commitments will be announced in due course.

February 5, 2024

Recognizing that agriculture is central in anticipating and averting hunger, FAO continues to work closely with governments and partners in preventing food crises by protecting agricultural livelihoods and productive assets through targeted disaster risk management interventions. FAO is among the pioneering agencies in anticipatory action (AA), and a longstanding advocate for pre-arranged and flexible finance to protect the most vulnerable people from the impact of predictable hazards and shocks.

FAO endorses the “Getting Ahead of Disasters” Charter and commits to put plans in place to scale up risk-informed AA for food security and agriculture, as part of existing programmes on resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Charter is endorsed with the understanding that it should promote commitments to allocate additional pre-arranged financial resources to address the negative effects of climate-related hazards, in line with the additionality principle.

More specifically, FAO commits to:
• Make efforts to ensure that at least 20 percent of its emergency financing supports AA and approaches by 2025.
• Support member countries in developing AA protocols in the agriculture and food security sectors, with the goal to strengthen the linkage between risk analysis, early warning, and financing mechanisms for anticipatory action in order to protect and save the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable at-risk people.
• Provide guidance and support to FAO country offices worldwide to expand anticipatory programming as part of the suite of measures for disaster and climate risk management, including through the use of the SFERA fund as well as tapping into the environment and climate financing to ensure synergies.
• Support capacity building in adopting and implementing AA and strengthened collaboration with national and local authorities and key stakeholders.
• Advocate for increasingly shifting towards a more proactive approach to food crises also through strategic initiatives – such as the Global Network Against Food Crises, the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership, Early Warnings for All – including advocating for increased flexible and pre-arranged financing for AA.
• Continue to coordinate the collaborative work with several partners on drought preparedness as part of the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG).
• Support the building of the evidence base on the effectiveness of AA and support the communication of key findings to global, regional and country stakeholders.
• Strengthen the application of the anticipatory approach along the humanitarian-development-peace (HDP) nexus.

December 2, 2023

We, the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR),  as the largest international network of civil society organisations working to strengthen resilience and reduce risk in communities, join the Chapter to pursue a shared objective of ‘getting ahead of disasters’ through improved use of finance, following the Network’s vision of a “world in which everyone works together to strengthen the resilience of people most at risk and prevent hazards from becoming disasters”.

We commit to come together to connect and collaborate to:

  • Include all groups: Ensure the inclusion of all groups, particularly those most at risk.
  • Promote gender equality: Implement gender-transformative approaches.
  • Partner and collaborate: Work with and across all groups and levels to pursue the interests of people at risk.
  • Start at the local level: Recognise the local context and understand community perspectives of risk.
  • Mobilise different resources: Share resources, build on existing capacities, knowledge and other sources of resilience.
  • Align policies with practices: Ensure coherence across disaster risk reduction, climate change and other development frameworks and activities.
  • Be accountable to local communities most at risk: Ensure that we are accountable and challenge others to do the same

December 1, 2023

The Government of Ireland endorses ‘Getting Ahead of Disasters: A Charter on Finance for Managing Risks’.
The Government of Ireland commits:
  • Increased support to the CERF – €14 million in 2024.
  • New climate financing of €5 million to the CERF Climate Account in 2024.
  • Increased financial support of €2.9 million to the START Fund (€1.4 million) and the START Ready (€1.5 million) – initiatives that fall under the umbrella of the START Network – including new climate financing.
  • €2 million climate financing for IFRC’s Global Climate Resilience Programme and Platform .
  • €1m contribution to the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF), a joint programme of the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization.

November 18, 2023

The call is in line with Norway’s policies for food security and climate, hunger and vulnerability (Combining forces against hunger – a policy to improve food self-sufficiencyClimate change, hunger and vulnerability) as well as the Norwegian humanitarian policy which calls for holistic interventions.

Within disaster risk reduction, Norway supports UNDRR, GFDRR, and ADPC.

Within early warning and weather services, we support CREWS, SOFF, the Norwegian Meteorolical institute, NorCap, UNOSAT, the Adaptation Fund and LDCF. Norway also have an open call for proposals on this topic.

Within anticipatory action, Norway supports CERF, FAO’s SFERA fund and WFP’s anticipatory action programme. Norway also supports WFP’s resilience building and has an agreement with the world bank on adaptive social safety nets.

Within insurance, Norway is planning to enter into agreements with ADRiFi og ARC Ltd.

Within climate and migration Norway supports PDD. 

November 29, 2023

Principle 1. We are committed to acting ahead of disasters to reduce risks
• Acting ahead of disasters to reduce risks is fundamental to the design and implementation of GCF projects. We ensure that projects are designed to integrate risk information into decision-making and scale up funding for disaster risk reduction. The GCF-2 programming targets clearly prioritizes Climate Information and Early Warning Systems (CIEWS) investment for 50-60 countries and support for the Early Warning for All (EW4All) initiative. Our EW4All Global Support programme, Simplified Approval Process Fast Track EWS and scaling up approaches are among the initiatives committed to reducing disaster risk.
Principle 2. We are committed to coordinating finance across sectors and timelines
• GCF\’s coherence and complementarity approaches ensure finance coordination across sectors and decision timelines, focusing on climate change adaptation, development, and disaster risk. We complement other Climate Funds\’ activities and support developing countries\’ climate ambitions by scaling up pilot projects, optimizing investments, and aligning projects with developing country priorities. GCF currently works with the Adaptation Fund (AF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to maximise the impact of our activities.
Principle 4. We are committed to improving delivery systems for at-risk communities
• GCF has a special outcome area called “Livelihoods of People and Communities” to show its commitment to improve delivery systems for at-risk populations. This is evident in our investment criteria and policies, which ensure that the needs of the recipients inform our support to at-risk communities and marginalized populations, as well as the adoption of innovative financing and delivery mechanisms that empower affected populations to maximize impact on the ground. Our Simplified Approval Process expedites delivery and aims for even faster delivery via CIEWS Fast Track and Scaling-up modalities during GCF 2 programming.
• During the GCF-2 period, our aim is to have “40-70 approved proposals for adaptation projects, including for locally-led adaptation action” and “Significantly expand deployment of the enhanced direct access (EDA) modality and other devolved financing approaches to enable more rapid access to finance for locally-led adaptation action, engaging affected communities, civil society and indigenous peoples in delivering to meet the needs of last mile beneficiaries.”
Principle 5. We are committed to community leadership and localising decision-making
• We advocate for a transformation in government financing policies to include local leaders and community-driven goals. Through our Enhanced Direct Access modality, we ensure more devolution of decision-making, with financing and management choices made at the local level through a variety of financial vehicles, such as grants, highly concessional loans, equity, and guarantees.
• During the GCF-2 period, we aim to “Pursue collaborative stakeholder engagement, such as ideation challenges and dedicated fora, with our Indigenous Peoples Advisory Group (IPAG) and stakeholders – including local communities, women, youth, civil society and organisations for persons with disabilities – to scope where there is potential for inclusive innovation based on traditional, local and indigenous knowledge and practices, social and digital enterprises and also to identify opportunities to source and aggregate pipeline of locally-led solutions.”

November 28, 2023

Closing the Data Gap –  Objective analytics empowers stakeholders, providing them with the necessary tools to make risk-informed financial protection decisions grounded in sound financial and economic analysis. 

Scaling Up Implementation – Enabling a substantial scale-up in the use of pre-arranged risk finance and insurance mechanisms as part of global resilience and adaptation ambitions and accelerating the implementation of risk management solutions to increase sub/sovereigns’ resilience to climate risks, in alignment with the InsuResilience Vision 2025 goal to provide protection for 500 million individuals ground it in long-term development.

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This Charter sets out principles for collaborative action to  ensure better use of finance to manage risks and protect  people in the most vulnerable countries from climate-related disasters.