Feature Stories

Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, has turned to a cadre of volunteers to help collect and analyze urban mobility data that will help the city build its resilience to future disasters, including flooding. 

How can we use maps and data visualization techniques differently to more creatively and effectively communicate the risk of natural hazards and disasters? Participants from 25 countries responded to our VizRisk challenge, using data and geographic context to tell compelling stories about disaster risk.

Over 3,200 participants entered the Resilient Homes Challenge, our global call for proposals to design disaster-resilient homes. Learn more about the winning designs in this e-book.

In order to protect its coastline from ongoing erosion, the government of Seychelles has embarked on a wide-reaching coastal management plan. The plan sets out a holistic set of priorities for coastal management including coastal protection infrastructure, risk-based spatial planning, and capacity building.

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.