Feature Stories

The Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRF) Initiative works with 19 sub-Saharan African countries to develop and implement tailored financial protection policies and instruments which can help them respond quickly and resiliently to disasters.

More than 170 volunteers converged upon the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC for the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Mapathon – helping gather invaluable geospatial data for communities half a world away. In case you couldn't make it, here's what you missed.

Government budgets alone, especially within small island states, cannot bear the weight of a changing climate and growing disaster risk. With the support of GFDRR and the World Bank, Pacific Island countries are charting a more resilient development path.

Even as West Africa faces up to a changing climate, the development of hydrological and meteorological or hydromet services across the region is helping pave the way for a more resilient future.

To help strengthen the country’s resilience to climate and disaster risks, the Kyrgyz Republic has partnered with a number of international organizations, including GFDRR and the World Bank.

In case you couldn’t make it to Belgrade, here are some of the most revealing insights and takeaways from Understanding Risk Balkans. 

CALLING ALL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS: help us create resilient homes for people in some of the most vulnerable areas of the World. Enter by November 30, 2018.

As climate patterns become more unpredictable in the region, harnessing new technologies will be vital to ensuring the safety and sustainability of communities within the Balkans.

In partnership with the Armenian government, GFDRR and the World Bank are leveraging risk information to protect the country's hard-won development gains.

Determined to become financially resilient to natural hazards, Central Asian countries are adopting innovative disaster risk financing mechanisms, with the support of GFDRR and the World Bank.