The initial work of collecting and cleaning disaster data from the Em-Dat database had already started in 2020. However, only after an extended period of engagement and discussion with in-country actors, the data analysis process could start moving forward.
ESUPS established a data collection template in collaboration with and on the basis of previous work done by OCHA and the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC). The data collection process was then carried out with the support of several actors in the country. In April 2021, there was a discussion on platforms interoperability between the World Food Programme (WFP), the BNGRC and ESUPS.
In December 2020, the Logistics Cluster Preparedness Unit in Madagascar approached ESUPS for support in the definition of a pre-positioning strategy for the country. Following this first request, several exchanges took place, including a formal presentation of ESUPS project to the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) and OCHA and a presentation of ESUPS to the whole Groupe Sectoriel Logistique (National Logistics Cluster).