Active Grants: 1

GDP (current US$): 11.5 billion (2017)

Population: 25.57 million (2017)

Major Partners

European Union, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, World Bank

INFORM Risk Rating: 5.0

Risk data from INFORM, a global open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters, uses a scale from 0-10, with 10 as the highest level of risk.

Primary Hazards

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Natural Hazard Risk

Madagascar is vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, floods, and locust invasions. The country experiences about $100 million in economic losses annually from cyclones, earthquakes, and floods. Tropical cyclones, combined with wind, rain, and storm surge, cause about 86 percent of total annual losses. In 2008, Cyclones Fame, Ivan, and Jokwe affected 342,000 people and caused an estimated $333 million in disaster-related damages and losses, equivalent to 4 percent of gross domestic product.

An increasingly variable and changing climate poses significant risks. Between 1980 and 2010 alone, Madagascar was struck by 35 cyclones and floods, five periods of severe droughts, five earthquakes, and six epidemics. These events are becoming more frequent and intense, affecting food security, drinking water supply and irrigation, public health systems, environmental management, and lifestyle.

Government Priorities

The government has largely shifted its focus from post-disaster relief operations to disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change resilience strategies. Recovering from a period of political instability, the country is addressing key issues related to DRM.

In 2003, the government adopted the National Strategy on Disaster Risk Management as a legal and political framework for the national DRM system. The National Bureau of Disaster Risk Management serves as the authority for the management, coordination, and monitoring of all activities related to DRM and disaster risk reduction. The National Contingency Plan on Cyclone and Flood articulates processes to be followed during cyclone events. And, the Ministry of Environment’s decree for environmental issues and climate change resilience (Décret MECIE) ensures that economic activities and development are not detrimental to the environment.

To further advance its DRM agenda, the government is prioritizing:

  • Updating the National Disaster Risk Management Strategy;
  • Increasing the understanding of disaster risks;
  • Improving financial resilience to natural hazards; and,         
  • Integrating DRM and climate resilience considerations in planning and strategy development.
GFDRR progress to date

GFDRR has supported disaster risk management efforts in Madagascar since 2008, with a focus on identifying risks, mainstreaming climate and disaster resilience in economic development, and developing disaster risk financing strategies.

With GFDRR assistance, Madagascar became the first country in Africa to conduct a joint damage, loss, and needs assessment. The assessment, conducted in collaboration with the European Union and the United Nations after the 2008 cyclones, estimated the damage caused to infrastructure, changes in economic flows, and impacts on social sectors. It also helped identify needs for post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.

GFDRR enabled the development and dissemination of risk atlases for high-risk regions and of construction codes for buildings and infrastructure. The construction codes provide climate-proof standards for agriculture, irrigation systems, public health centers, roads, and schools in areas highly vulnerable to cyclones, droughts, and other climate shocks. Enforced construction codes are expected to stimulate economic development by improving building performance and reducing reconstruction and repair costs. The risk atlases are expected to strengthen regional and national decision-making.

GFDRR supported an initiative in the Southwest Indian Ocean region to help countries better identify risks and strengthen financial resilience to disasters. Activities have supported hazard data collection and developed country-specific risk profiles. This will assist Madagascar in assessing regional and national risk financing options.

Currently, GFDRR is facilitating a study to identify policy actions that have high potential to increase urban resilience and improve the quality of life of the poor in Antananarivo. This study will analyze household-level surveys, the study helps inform the national government and municipal authorities on how to better target and finance poverty reduction programs.

GFDRR anticipates demand from the Government of Madagascar to support:

  • Preparing risk atlases and regional disaster response plans for priority regions;
  • Mainstreaming DRM in urban and land-use planning and other priority sectors;
  • Strengthening urban resilience in the capital and other cities;
  • Modeling contingency funds at central and decentralized levels; and,
  • Expanding the risk assessment and financing initiative.

Grants Awarded by GFDRR 2007 - Present

Strengthening DRR Planning, Coordination and Policy Advisory Capacity of SADC (Recipient Executed)
$2,500,000 10/2018 - 12/2019
Open Data for Resilience Initiative: Tools and Capacity Building
$400,000 08/2018 - 12/2019
Third Meeting of the Small Island State Resilience Initiative (SISRI) Practitioners' Network in Mexico City
$200,000 03/2018 - 12/2018
Adapting Madagascar’s Safety Net Programs to Climate Change
$250,000 03/2018 - 08/2019
Open Data for Resilience Initiative: Tools and Capacity Building
$250,000 06/2017 - 12/2018
Social Resilience in Southern Madagascar
$850,000 05/2017 - 08/2020
Strengthening DRR Planning, Coordination and Policy Advisory Capacity of SADC (Bank Executed)
$3,055,556 10/2016 - 02/2020
Enhancing financial protection resilience in V20 member countries
$400,000 10/2016 - 03/2019
Antananarivo Urban Poverty and Resilience Study
$299,739 02/2016 - 09/2017
Antananarivo Urban Poverty and Resilience Study
$300,000 02/2016 - 09/2017
Strengthening Global Hydromet System - Investment Support
$1,400,000 08/2015 - 07/2019
Supporting countries in developing risk financing strategies- DRF team
$5,944,092 05/2015 - 10/2019
Facilitating regional risk financing and knowledge sharing initiatives – DRM team
$2,479,966 05/2015 - 10/2019
Facilitating regional risk financing and knowledge sharing initiatives – Labs team
$3,114,380 05/2015 - 10/2019
Creating the enabling data environment for risk financing – Labs team
$4,267,206 04/2015 - 10/2019
Modernizing Hydrometeorological Services to Strengthen Climate Resilience in Africa
$2,074,578 01/2015 - 11/2017
Just-in-Time Capacity Building and Advice for Climate Resilience
$3,100,000 01/2015 - 12/2018
Open Data for Resilience Initiative Technology and Capacity Building
$783,991 11/2014 - 09/2017

World Bank Engagements 2012 – Present

Project Description
Emergency Infrastructure Preservation & Vulnerability Reduction Project
$102 million | Start date: 11/2012 (Closed)

The project development objectives are to preserve key lifeline infrastructure and reduce household vulnerability in targeted areas.

Madagascar Emergency Food Security and Social Protection Project
$65 million | Start date: 02/2014 (Closed)

The project development objective is to strengthen Madagascar's immediate capacity to respond effectively to the food security and locust crises.

Integrated Growth Poles and Corridor Project 2
$50 million | Start date: 12/2014 (Ongoing)

The objective of the Second Integrated Growth Poles and Corridors Program Project for Madagascar is to contribute to increased economic opportunities and access to enabling infrastructure services, as measured by an increase in jobs and formal firms, in targeted regions.

Social Safety Net Project
$40 million | Start date: 09/2015 (Ongoing)

The development objective of the Social Safety Net Project for Madagascar is to support the government in increasing the access of extremely poor households to safety net services and in laying the foundations for a social protection system.

Madagascar Agriculture Rural Growth and Land Management Project
$53 million | Start date: 03/2016 (Ongoing)

The objective of the Agriculture Rural Growth and Land Management Project for Madagascar is to improve rural land tenure security and access to markets of targeted farming households in selected agricultural value chains in the project areas, and to provide immediate and effective response to an eligible crisis or emergency.

AF Social Safety Net Drought Response
$35 million | Start date: 11/2016 (Ongoing)

The project development objective are to support the government in increasing the access of extremely poor households to safety net services, and in laying the foundations for a social protection system.

GEF Sustainable Landscape Management Project
-- | Start date: 03/2017 (Ongoing)

The Project Development Objective is to improve agricultural productivity and management of associated natural resources in selected landscapes.

Madagascar Pilot Program for Climate Resilience Phase I
$1.5 million | Start date: 06/2017 (Ongoing)

The Project Development Objectives are to support Madagascar in the formulation of a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) and the development of a programmatic multi-sector and climate resilient investment plan, and to establish the enabling environment for its implementation.

Madagascar Basic Education Support Project
$55 million | Start date: 03/2018 (Ongoing)

The objective of the Basic Education Support Project for Madagascar is to improve learning and promotion within the first two sub-cycles of basic education.

Integrated Urban Development and Resilience Project for Greater Antananarivo
$75 million | Start date: 05/2018 (Ongoing)

The objectives of the Integrated Urban Development and Resilience Project for Greater Antananarivo Project is to enhance urban living conditions and flood resilience in selected low-income neighborhoods of Greater Antananarivo; and to improve the Recipient’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency.