Resilience Dialogue Series

The Resilience Dialogue series was launched at the 2011 IMF-WBG Annual Meetings, when major development and humanitarian partners institutionalized a series of events to monitor and report on progress on the resilience agenda.

The Future of Resilience: Banking on Cities

04/20/2018 The Future of Resilience: Banking on Cities

Cities want to build resilience. Markets are looking for investment opportunities. How can we bring them together?

The Disaster That Never Happened: Can Resilient Infrastructure Save the World?

10/13/2017 The Disaster That Never Happened: Can Resilient Infrastructure Save the World?

Leveraging quality infrastructure, including nature-based solutions, to reduce climate and disaster risk.

Hard Talk: Is Insurance the Answer for Building Resilience to Climate Change?

10/7/2016 Hard Talk: Is Insurance the Answer for Building Resilience to Climate Change?

The role of insurance in providing financial protection for the most vulnerable against climate risks.

A European Development Days Special Event. Resilience Dialogue: Local Action to Address Fragility and Protracted Displacement.

06/16/2016 Local Action to Address Fragility and Protracted Displacement

Strengthening local resilience and promoting understanding of resilience in the context of forced displacement.

05/19/2016 Technology, Disaster Risk, and the Gender Divide

Bridging gender divisions in disaster risk, science and technology, and policy.


03/01/2016 Fragility, Conflict, and Disaster Risk

Connecting the dots between climate and disaster risk, fragility, and conflict.

04/16/2015 The Road to Addis

Financing resilience in the post-2015 world.


03/16/2015 Bringing Resilience to Scale for Post-2015 Goals

Scaling up disaster and climate risk programs to advance post-2015 resilience goals.

10/10/2014 Financing Resilience for Sustainable Development in Post-2015 Frameworks

Innovative, emerging strategies for financing resilience in vulnerable regions.

04/11/2014 Saving Lives, Protecting Livelihoods: Building Resilience in a Changing World 

A new approach to development action to counter rising humanitarian needs

10/11/2013 Poverty Reduction in a Time of Extremes: Shared Prosperity through Resilience

The impact of disasters on poverty dynamics

On October 11, 2013 – in the margins of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings – government and international organizations’ representatives met in Washington to discuss the links between resilience and poverty reduction.

04/19/2013 The Resilience Dialogue - Disaster and Climate Resilience in the Post-2015 Development Framework

Integrating disaster risk management in the post-2015 development framework

At the 2013 WBG-IMF Spring Meetings, the European Union, the Government of Japan, USAID, and the World Bank/GFDRR hosted the fourth round of the Resilience Dialogue series to explore how disaster and climate resilience can feature in the post-2015 development framework. At the event Japan announced a joint program with the World Bank to support disaster risk management in disaster-prone developing countries. 

10/10/2012 Closing session of the Sendai Dialogue - Disaster Risk Management in a Changing World

Mainstreaming disaster risk management in national and international development policy and planning.

In October 2012, Sendai - the largest city in the region that bore the brunt of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - was the stage for the Sendai Dialogue. Bank Governors, Annual Meetings delegates, disaster experts and other stakeholders met to build a global consensus on the need to better prepare for disasters and mainstream disaster risk management in development policies and programs.


04/20/2012 Preparing for a Changing World: Building Resilience to Natural Hazards

Linking climate change adaptation and disaster risk management efforts in support of resilience.

In this second round of the Resilience Dialogue, humanitarian and development actors explored the challenges of connecting the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation agendas. Dr. Christopher Field outlined the findings of the IPCC's Special Report on Extreme Events and challenged the speakers to identify how best to translate these findings into concrete action on the ground.

09/23/2011 Closing the Loop: Integrated Action for Disaster Resilience

Linking humanitarian and development action in support of resilience.

The event marked a major step towards agreement between all the most important development and humanitarian partners on the key steps to bring the disaster resilience agenda forward. The event was both an achievement and a beginning. It was the first time major multilateral and bilateral donors agreed to take concrete action to “close the loop” and work in a coordinated effort to build disaster resilience. At the same time it was the beginning of a longer term commitment.