Resilient Infrastructure

What we do


Provide technical assistance to governments improving the design and resilience of new and rehabilitated infrastructure


Focus on making school infrastructure safe and resilient to natural hazards by informing planned or ongoing investments


Bring together governments, the private sector, and civil society to enable countries to access the best experience and technical expertise


Use technology and data analytics to quantify the level of risk and prioritize actions in order to guide risk-reduction investments

Publicly-funded infrastructure must be designed resilient. When transport, health care, drinking water, sanitation, telecommunications, and electricity are all resilient, basic services are maintained during disaster, and infrastructure users are not put at risk by sub-standard structures. Furthermore, since infrastructure development attracts population and investment, planning and locating it thoughtfully can steer development toward safer areas.

Technical Assistance

GFDRR provides technical assistance to governments to improve the design, operations and maintenance, and contingency planning of new and rehabilitated infrastructure.

Safer Schools, Safer Future

GFDRR focuses on making schools and the communities they serve safer.

  • Over the next three years, GFDRR aims to expand its efforts to build safer schools in at least 10 additional countries to make an estimated 200,000 classrooms safer from disasters, benefitting up to 7 million students


What we do

>  Help governments make transportation infrastructure less vulnerable to disaster and climate risks

>  Ensure disaster-informed design at the time of construction

>  Involve cities in creating transit networks that are more resistant to extreme events and natural disasters

Whether they are acting as a connection to crucial services or as life-saving conduits during emergency situations, transport linkages are critical to disaster risk management. When planned strategically, transport systems are foundational to the resilience of urban and rural residents. GFDRR’s transport program seeks to strengthen various modes of transport, reducing vulnerabilities and increasing the resilience of people and assets.

A proactive, life-cycle approach to resilient transportation infrastructure

GFDRR’s work in resilient transport aims to move away from reactive responses to crises. Instead it seeks to foster a proactive approach to disaster risk management that considers residents, the environment, hydrology, and geology. The approach allows transportation infrastructure to remain resilient to changing risks and hazards and perform well throughout its lifetime by considering the entire life-cycle of the infrastructure — from planning, design, and construction to operations and maintenance. Climate and disaster risk management can be integrated in all phases of the infrastructure’s lifespan:

Ensuring Risk-Informed Designs

Transportation infrastructure is often built in high-risk areas, and may not consider long-term climate risks. Planning before implementation helps reduce these vulnerabilities.

GFDRR provides technical assistance to municipalities and governments, helping them conduct vulnerability and hazard assessments as part of the planning process, prioritize smart investment strategies, and plan redundancy of critical infrastructure to provide alternatives during a crisis. By reducing the need for future rebuilding, these efforts can reduce costs across the lifetime of the transportation infrastructure, as well as make it more resilient.

Engineering Resilient Infrastructure

Innovative materials and designs can enhance the robustness and flexibility of transportation infrastructure.

Managing Existing Assets

Assessments, codes, standards, and maintenance are essential to reduce risk, but are often either overlooked or of substandard quality.

After infrastructure is built, asset management and maintenance are key to ensuring that the levels of designed resilience continue to be sustained. The transport program stresses ongoing maintenance programs and financial planning to fund maintenance and emergency contingencies, ensuring that infrastructure is prepared for continuous use, extreme events, and changing average conditions.

The program also works to map transport using open technologies, and to develop online and interactive management portals.

Planning for Emergencies

Even when transportation infrastructure is built well, there is the potential for failure, if the design conditions are exceeded or if maintenance is poor.

GFDRR guides local policies to improve responses to failure, investing in disaster response mechanisms and ensuring that linkages and flows exist for evacuation, communication, emergency response, and post- disaster recovery.

Building Partnerships to Improve Transportation Infrastructure for the Future

Partnerships help ensure that infrastructure has sustained and resilient capacity.

GFDRR works to connect governments with hydro-meteorological groups, civil defense agencies, and financial ministries, among others. Having a variety of stakeholders contributes to more accurate, more comprehensive risk information to inform construction and maintenance standards, and better planning and operation of emergency response systems and contingencies.

Safer Schools

Fernando Ramirez Cortes:


Resilient Transport

Marc Forni:

Shomik Mehndiratta: