Feature Stories

Droughts are among the most far-reaching and yet least understood among natural hazards.  There is an increasing need for more accurate assessment and monitoring of drought hazards and impacts, with the aim of supporting decision-making on drought risk reduction, risk financing and disaster response.

The Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean conference took place May 27-31, 2019 in Barbados. More than 500 experts, policymakers and practitioners came together to share best practices, innovations and lessons learned for tackling the climate and disaster risk challenges facing the region.

The Government of Canada and GFDRR have launched the Canada-Caribbean Resilience Facility (CRF),  a single-donor trust fund aimed at achieving more effective and coordinated gender-informed climate-resilient preparedness, recovery, and public financial management practices in targeted Caribbean countries.

In nearly a dozen countries, GFDRR's hydromet initiative has been working with national governments to develop road maps for strengthening their respective hydrological and meteorological (hydromet) and early warning systems. Check them out here.

In 2018, Lao PDR suffered its most costly floods in a decade. To identify the priority needs following the floods, GFDRR and the World Bank worked closely with the United Nations, the European Union, and civil society organisations to conduct a government-led Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).

In partnership with GFDRR and the World Bank, the government of Kenya is strengthening its building and land use regulations, with the aim of increasing the resilience and safety of the country's built environment. 

One of the world’s most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change, Kiribati is taking a community-driven approach to provide safe drinking water and strengthen coastal protection in the face of drought, storm surges and rising seas.

Rising climate and disaster risk are threatening the safety and livelihood of communities across Central Asia. Improving weather, climate and hydrological services will be critical to saving lives and building resilient communities.

Even in a changing climate, countries can stem growing disaster losses if they have the resources they need to act fast. The new Global Risk Financing Facility (GRiF) will help countries around the world build back faster, stronger and better after disasters and crises.

Burned by decades of conflict, Afghanistan's ability to cope with and respond to disaster has also been undermined by a lack of adequate risk information. Since 2015, however, Afghanistan has been bolstering efforts to generate and share risk information, with support from GFDRR.