Disaster Risk and Poverty in the Dominican Republic

Context and Objectives 

The objective of this project is to produce data at the household level using the rapid poverty assessment tool (Survey of Well-being via Instant and Frequent Tracking, SWIFT) to improve the targeting of Disaster Risk Management policies and investments to promote prosperity in the Dominican Republic.  

This project supports the activities of another ACP-EU NDRR project in the Dominican Republic titled “Building Physical and Fiscal Resilience to Ensure Shared Prosperity in the Dominican Republic”

Main Activities

The World Bank team is working conjointly with the Ministry of Economy, of Planification and of Development (MEPyD) and in close collaboration with the National Office of Statistics (Oficina Nacional de Estatistica-ONE) on the development of a study to strengthen knowledge and identify transmission vectors of the effects of natural disasters on societal aspects such as health, education, quality of housing, and access to services. This study includes a component to collect information on coping mechanisms that allows the government to establish a baseline for measuring the effects of a specific natural disaster on household well-being.


A database on exposure and vulnerability to flooding and its correlation with poverty was created and a report was prepared to describe the results of the data analysis.

Partnerships and Coordination

This project is being implemented by the World Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Ministry of Economy, Planification, and Development (MEPyD) and the National Office of Statistics (Oficina Nacional de Estatistica-ONE). 

  • Caribbean
Window of Action
  • Window 2
Amount approved
  • $100,000
  • 04/2017 - 08/2021