What We Do
  • SISRI is helping small island states build larger pipelines of resilience investments to withstand the impacts of climate change—from safeguarding coastal areas to building safety nets that support citizens a er disaster strikes while enhancing their adaptive capacity.
  • It offers technical assistance and just-in-time support, expert assistance on flood and landslide risk assessment, safer infrastructure, social and financial safety nets, and implementation capacity.
  • Through a global community of practice, SISRI links island practitioners with one another, and with global knowledge on building resilience.
Our Approach

Efficient Investment Flows

SISRI is helping small island states map the complex landscape of climate finance assistance and increase both the scale and efficiency of their investments. A joint SISRI-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analysis found that, though concessional donor funding for resilience nearly doubled from 2011 to 2014, reaching $1.01 billion, it remained highly fragmented with high transaction costs. SISRI is helping small island states to scale up and consolidate their resilience investments, moving from less significant, isolated projects toward national programs that deliver results at scale.

Technical and Operational Support

SISRI provides on-the-ground support by drawing on an expanded GFDRR and World Bank team. This expert community is deployed on a just-in-time basis to help island nations address project bottlenecks and start new investments. For example, SISRI is helping the Marshall Islands, Jamaica, and São Tomé and Príncipe to safeguard vulnerable coastal zones through optimally combining “gray” coastal defense structures, such as sea-walls, with “green” interventions, such as mangrove restoration.

Knowledge Exchange

SISRI is bringing leading practitioners from island nations together to share experiences that worked in their countries. Face-to-face dialogues, such as the first SISRI Workshop in May 2016 that brought together leading practitioners from 22 countries, are complemented by a Knowledge Notes series that captures project insights.