News & Blogs

Blog
May 6, 2019
Ivan Bruce
Sustainable Cities

After a landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the World Bank, GFDRR and the European Union commissioned analytical studies of the landslide and geology of surrounding areas. Presented with the analysis of the landslide disaster, the newly elected president of Sierra Leone declared that the landslide area is to be re-designated as a protected forest area  a memorial park to those that lost their lives during the disaster

Blog
April 29, 2019
Elikia Nenkam, Melissa Landesz
Infrastructure & PPPs

In order to break down barriers to private sector investment to build resilience for West Africa’s coasts, it is critical to jumpstart the dialogue between the private and public sector. The West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) will help achieve that.

Blog
April 25, 2019
Jocelyn West, Simone Balog-Way, Emma Phillips
Voices

Art can inspire people to think about disaster risk and resilience in ways that science, data, and numbers cannot.  This is why the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) Labs and the World Bank Group’s Art Program and have launched a global call for artwork for an upcoming exhibit called The Art of Resilience

Blog
April 24, 2019
Dechen Tshering, Peeyush Sekhsaria
End Poverty in South Asia

Bhutan is highly vulnerable to earthquakes, thanks to its location in the seismically active Himalayas. So how can Bhutan ready itself to weather future earthquake risks?

Blog
April 24, 2019
Jolanta Kryspin-Watson, Jia Wen Hoe
Sustainable Cities

 Japan’s experience in mitigating flood risks offers valuable lessons for countries facing similar urban flood challenges.

Blog
April 9, 2019
Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Michel Matera
Sustainable Cities

In the aftermath of the devastation from Cyclone Idai, Mozambique is taking big steps toward building the country's disaster and climate resilience.

Blog
March 27, 2019
Anna-Maria Bogdanova
Sustainable Cities

National meteorological and hydrological services play a big role in in helping people understand and prepare for weather & water-related hazards. A new GFDRR report provides insights into how to improve the delivery of these services.

Blog
March 27, 2019
Giuseppe Molinario, Vivien Deparday
Data

By helping us better make sense of risk data, machine learning can help save lives and mitigate losses when disaster strikes.

Blog
March 27, 2019
Melody Benavidez, Akiko Toya
Transport for Development

In the aftermath of a disaster, it is the roads, railways and ports that underpin the restoration of economic activity and critical infrastructure. Accordingly, it is critical for the transport sector to have the capacity to build back more resiliently.

Blog
March 7, 2019
Brenden Jongman, Suzanne Ozment
Sustainable Cities

Nature-Based Solutions” (NBS) that strategically conserve or restore nature (sometimes called ‘green infrastructure’) while supporting conventionally built infrastructure systems (‘gray infrastructure’) can reduce disaster risk and produce more resilient and lower-cost services in developing countries.