International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Kenya Red Cross
Global Disaster Preparedness Center

The Innovative Early Warning Early Action Challenge

Global Disaster Preparedness Center

Calling on Innovative Early Warning Early Action Champions!

Challenge is closed

The Inclusive and Accessible Early Warning/Early Action (EWEA) Challenge focuses on ways Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies work toward inclusive and accessible programming for Early Warning/Early Action (EWEA) for the last mile, including considerations for migrant populations.

Innovations may include:

  • Inclusive and accessible tools and approaches that reach the last mile
  • Creative uses of technology
  • Methods of overcoming communication barriers including languages, literacy and outreach
  • The usability of early warning messages including how they are received and/or understood by community members
  • Ways to enhance or improve behaviors of those who receive early warning messages
  • Emphasis on reaching migrant populations and/or host communities

Innovations must have been implemented, whether it was a success or a failure. GDPC wants to learn from your case examples.

Winners will get an all expenses paid trip to attend and present at the Global Innovation Summit in Nairobi Kenya on the 26th to the 28th June.

Who can Submit?

Applications can be submitted by Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society volunteers or staff, as individuals or teams that have worked on an intervention, or want to nominate another individual or team whom they think deserves acknowledgement and wider exposure in the IFRC network.

IMPORTANT: You should seek approval from your National Society before applying.

What to submit?

An application must be about an actual intervention that is already in place and applies innovative approaches to accessibility in EWEA. It can be an intervention that has succeeded or one that has failed, as long as it results in learning relevant to the topic. There must be a focus on results and impact, and these should relate to the outcome of your National Society.

We ask that you submit a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) addressing the following:

  • Introduce yourself and your team (or the person/team you nominate).
    • What is the name of the project?
    • What problem is it trying to solve?
  • If you are nominating, why are you nominating the intervention and person/team?
  • How does the intervention apply innovative approaches to inclusion or accessibility in EWEA?
  • What were the successes or challenges of the intervention?
  • What are the most significant learning outcomes of the intervention?

Check out our useful tips to take and edit the best video.Your video application could be chosen by @SolferinoVoices and made public on YouTube.


Submissions are accepted in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian, but please note that if you are selected to travel to Kenya for the Global Innovation Summit then you will need to be able to work in English as no translation is provided at this event.

When to Submit

Submissions are open from March 27th, 2023, until April 23rd, 2023 – 12pm Central European Time. 

How to submit

Click on the following button to register to the challenge and submit your video.

If for some reason you are unable to submit a video, you can send a one-page (500 words) written application or nomination (approved by the person you nominate) to [email protected]  

Challenge is closed

Selecting winners

Winners will be selected on the basis of these criteria:

  • What are the most significant learning outcomes of the intervention?
  • Relevance to support for migrant communities through NS origin and host cooperation.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be published on the @SolferinoVoices YouTube channel. These applicants will also be featured on the GDPC website.

  • Three final winners will then be selected, two of those winners will be selected by an expert judging panel commissioned by the Global Disaster Preparedness Center. One winner will also be selected by public vote (Public vote is decided by the most views and duration of views on YouTube).
  • All winners will be announced by 2nd May.
  • If a team entry is selected as a finalist, only one representative from that team will be funded to attend the Global Innovation Summit.
  • Please note that written applications will not be considered for the public vote. However, they can still be selected by the judging panel as finalists.
  • Winners must be eligible for travel, including a valid passport.
  • This initiative is proudly sponsored by the Global Disaster Preparedness Center.
  • Need help? Contact us: [email protected]
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