In 2013 INFORM started to develop and publish a Global Crisis Risk Index. Since that time, INFORM has become a multi-stakeholder forum for developing shared analysis to help to manage humanitarian crises and disasters. INFORM now has partners from across the UN system, donors, civil society, academic/technical community and private sector. The INFORM Global Risk Index (GRI) is a widely recognised and valuable tool that supports decision-making of INFORM partners and others. The INFORM risk analysis process and methodology has been extended to the regional and country level. Over the last two years, INFORM partners have been working to develop a Global Crisis Severity Index (GCSI).
This report therefore marks a recognition of an evolution in INFORM's role - from a publisher of a risk index to a forum for shared analysis, which may ultimately extend to a suite of shared products for use by the entire crisis and disaster management community.
This report sets out INFORM's vision for the future, includes the latest results of the GRI, as well as a prototype version of the INFORM GCSI, which will be published as a beta version in 2019. INFORM partners believe that the availability of shared analysis of crises and disasters can lead to better coordination of actors and better outcomes for at-risk and affected people. Specifically, INFORM creates a space and process for shared analysis that can support joint strategy development, planning and action that can prevent, prepare for and respond to crises. This can bring together development, humanitarian and other actors to manage risk and respond better when crises do occur.