The legitimacy, accountability, and ownership of an impact-based forecasting model in disaster governance

Sterre Bierens, Kees Boersma*, Marc J.C. van den Homberg

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The global shift within disaster governance from disaster response to preparedness and risk reduction includes the emergency
of novel Early Warning Systems such as impact based forecasting and forecast-based financing. In this new paradigm,
funds usually reserved for response can be released before a disaster happens when an impact-based forecast—i.e., the
expected humanitarian impact as a result of the forecasted weather—reaches a predefined danger level. The development
of these impact-based forecasting models are promising, but they also come with significant implementation challenges.
This article presents the data-driven impact-based forecasting model as developed by 510, an initiative of the Netherlands
Red Cross. It elaborates on how questions on legitimacy, accountability and ownership influenced the implementation
of the model within the Philippines with the Philippine Red Cross and the local government as the main stakeholders.
The findings imply that the exchange of knowledge between the designer and manufacturer of impact-based models and
the end users of those models fall short if novel Early Warnign Systems are seen as just a matter of technology transfer.
Instead the development and implementation of impact based models should be based on mutual understanding of the
users’ needs and the developers of such models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-455
Number of pages11
JournalPolitics and Governance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2020


  • Accountability
  • Disaster governance
  • Early warning systems
  • Forecast based financing
  • Legitimacy
  • Ownership
  • Power relations
  • Risk reduction


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