The Improved Early Warning – Early Actions to strengthen disaster preparedness in Ethiopia project has been developed by Oxfam GB and Christian Aid in collaboration with the National Disaster Risk Management Commission and the National Meteorological Agency to address limitations envisaged in the Disaster Risk Management Policy and Strategy of the government of Ethiopia. The policy and strategy highlights a number of limitations listed below:
1 Limited involvement of local government in centralised Early Warning Systems with a lack of adequate coordination
across government agencies.
2 Lack of area specific weather forecast combined with a lack of capacity at the local level to analyse weather forecast to
identify risks and translate these into potential actions at the local level.
3 Early Warning indicators providing inadequate clarity on thresholds and triggers which are not aligned with Woreda Disaster Risk Profile.
4 Emergency response not always triggered by early warning information resulting in delayed decision making and action.
1 In this context, the project will directly support strengthening of Early Warning Systems in Ethiopia to ensure well informed early action at the
community level and institutional capacity building at all levels.
2 Early Warning System development: A key output of the project will be the development and pilot of a context specific multi-hazard multisector
3 Early Warning System linked with the Woreda Disaster Risk Profile to ensure early action.
4 Capacity strengthening: The project will directly target improved capacity of first responders at the community level and of government
structures to collect, analyse and forecast early warning information, disseminate alerts and deliver early action using available resources.
5 Coordination & Collaboration: To enable early action, timely decision making and faster subsequent emergency response the project is
designed to improve coordination between local government and communities particularly at regional and Woreda level.
6 Knowledge sharing: To inform future programming and action, a key focus of the project is the documentation, publication and
dissemination of knowledge and experiences from the process of developing and testing the improved Early Warning System.