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Five Approaches to Build Functional Early Warning Systems

This publication aims to support UNDP practitioners and partners (international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, governments, as well as civil society organisations) in the process of setting up or improving early warning systems. Distinct from the many existing step-by-step guides and checklists, this publication identifies targeted interventions which can boost the
efficiency and effectiveness of early warning systems in five key areas. It highlights innovative perspectives and associated solutions to common challenges in the early warning process, such as budget constraints, limited technical and institutional capacities, as well as the lack of human
resources. Through its practical approach, whereby theoretical considerations are underpinned by concrete examples of projects and solutions, this publication also contributes to the sharing of local knowledge and can inspire the spread and export of solutions to different countries and communities.