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This World Bank-GFDRR report, Building Regulation for Resilience: Managing Risks for Safer Cities, outlines the benefits of strong and effective building regulatory frameworks. This report provides a resource to assist policymakers, governments, donor entities, and key private sector players in leveraging good-practice building regulation to underpin risk-reduction strategies. It addresses vulnerability reduction in cities across the developing world and proposes to support disaster-prone countries in implementing effective regulatory reform.

Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment

The Building Regulatory Capacity Assessment aims to support cities and project managers working with development agencies by offering a new resource to assess building and land-use regulatory systems, and facilitate the collection of critical information about the building regulatory framework in any given city or country. The assessment is designed to offer an effective resource for interventions within a wide range of urban development initiatives in cities of low and middle-income countries.

Private Sector Engagement

Doing Business 2018: Dealing with Construction Permits

The world has witnessed an unparalleled expansion of cities in recent decades. The urban population of developing economies is projected to double by 2030, while the area covered by cities could triple. In tandem with this trend, the construction industry is forecast to grow by more than 70%, reaching $15 trillion by 2025.

With the population of cities rising around the world, municipal authorities are struggling to keep up with increased demand for their services. In developing economies, in particular, building departments operating under tight budgets and resource constraints are finding it increasingly difficult to enforce building codes, ensure that quality standards are met and adhere to efficient service delivery processing times.

Additional Resources

Building Regulation for Resilience Program Brief

This program brief provides a quick overview of the Building Regulation for Resilience Program. Its five sectors of engagement include disaster risk reduction/vulnerability reduction programs; climate change mitigation and adaptation; disability and sustainable inclusive urban development; cultural heritage protection and restoration; and disaster recovery and reconstruction.

Converting Disaster Experience into a Safer Built Environment: The Case of Japan

This report describes Japan’s incremental approach to developing, implementing, and facilitating compliance with building regulation over many decades. It explains Japan’s unique path to developing a policy and legal framework as well as compliance mechanisms that grow out of this framework. The lessons this report highlights are relevant for policy makers, building governance practitioners, and project managers in developing countries who are interested in creating a safer built environment.

Technical Deep Dive on Seismic Risk and Resilience Summary Report

This report summarizes the Technical Deep Dive on Seismic Risk and Resilience with the GFDRR Disaster Risk Management Hub in Tokyo. The objectives of the TDD were to support clients and World Bank teams to inform investment decisions with verifiable facts; understanding investment options; and outlining technical details. The event enabled participating countries to learn from Japan’s wealth of experience and expertise in this area.