Famine Failure: The Challenge of Translating Early Warning into Early Action

19 June 2012 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Rob Bailey, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House



Recent decades have seen major improvements in the reliability of famine early warning systems, providing a window of opportunity in which disaster can be averted if the humanitarian system responds quickly. Rob Bailey will argue that despite these developments, early warnings often remain ignored, with disastrous consequences like those in Somalia last year. He will identify the reasons why this happens time and again, exploring how institutional and political incentives tend to favour delay over early action. He will also make recommendations for how barriers to early intervention can be overcome.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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