It takes an average of

183 days

to send funds to countries in need after a health emergency is declared.

World Bank / Vincent Tremeau
two doctors in a morning briefing in the fight against Ebola

An unprecedented 235 million people

— one in 33 people —

will need humanitarian assistance this year.

Biju Boro / Indian Red Cross Society
woman wearing a face shield and a digital thermometer


2% of global funding

for Covid-19 was in place when the virus hit.

Marcia Foletto / ICRC
a female doctor filling out a form at the hospital

The Crisis Lookout Coalition

The Crisis Lookout coalition launched in January 2021, in recognition that the way the world pays for disasters needs a radical shift to better protect frontline communities from the increasing risks they face.

 Focusing on the core values of impartiality, quality, creativity and empowerment, the coalition works to secure international agreements that would fundamentally reform how the crisis financing system works.

Where we are.

Since January, our support from among local to global experts has grown. Through consultation, we have been able to harness expertise across the coalition to develop our proposition to world leaders. 

Collectively, we got disaster risk finance firmly on the agenda of the G7, and a new package of funding was made available for better risk financing from the UK and German governments. Meanwhile at COP26,  the UK published the first ever G7 discussions paper on how to improve engagement with disaster risk information through a new Crisis Lookout function currently missing from the global architecture.

Where we need to get to.

International aid for people caught up in disasters undoubtedly saves lives but research shows that the system the world uses to support people in crises is also marred by delays, deficits and debt.  

Vulnerable communities, especially those living in low-income countries, could be better protected if the system was forward-looking, able to draw on advances in technology and expertise to better predict the greatest risks and pre-arrange funding that can be released the moment trouble arises.

At the heart of our work is an ambition to secure a new G7 agreement that by 2030, pre-arranged financing will be the primary way the world pays for disasters. 

How to get involved.

The potential to create change on a truly global scale relies on the strength and breadth of our coalition supporters.

We are interested in hearing from individuals and groups with experience of living in and responding to a crisis, along with policy experts, academics, practitioners, and technical specialists with an interest in disaster risk financing and reduction, climate change, and other relevant disciplines.

Please register your interest below and we will be in touch.

Register here

Together we are committed to stopping risks from becoming disasters.

supporters of the coalition

African Risk CapacityAfrican Risk Capacity
Center for Disaster ProtectionCenter for Disaster Protection
Give DirectlyGive Directly
Global ParameticsGlobal Parametics
Global Women LeadersGlobal Women Leaders
Insurance Development ForumInsurance Development Forum
International Centre for Climate Change and DevelopmentInternational Centre for Climate Change and Development
International Federation of Red Cross and Red CrescentInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
International Institute for Environment and DevelopmentInternational Institute for Environment and Development
International Rescue CommitteeInternational Rescue Committee
Overseas Development InstituteOverseas Development Institute
Precision Agriculture for DevelopmentPrecision Agriculture for Development
Risk-informed Early Action PartnershipRisk-informed Early Action Partnership
Save the ChildrenSave the Children
Start NetworkStart Network
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsUnited Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Food ProgrammeWorld Food Programme
World Meteorological OrganizationWorld Meteorological Organization