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The Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRF) Initiative works with 19 sub-Saharan African countries to develop and implement tailored financial protection policies and instruments which can help them respond quickly and resiliently to disasters.

More than 170 volunteers converged upon the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC for the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Mapathon – helping gather invaluable geospatial data for communities half a world away. In case you couldn't make it, here's what you missed.

Government budgets alone, especially within small island states, cannot bear the weight of a changing climate and growing disaster risk. With the support of GFDRR and the World Bank, Pacific Island countries are charting a more resilient development path.


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CoP 24 EU Pavilion, Katowice, Poland
World Bank Main Complex Atrium, Washington, DC
Join us on November 14 at World Bank HQ to learn about how you can get involved with the global mapping community!


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Understanding Flood Vulnerability in Niger through Drones, Open Street Mapping and Flood Modeling

Through a combination of open street mapping, drones, and modeling, Nigeriens are taking the lead in building Niamey’s preparedness for the next flood. 

News & Blogs

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December 10, 2018
At COP24, the High-Level Consultative Group (HLCG) of the InsuResilience Global Partnership agreed to work on a bold vision for the Partnership to scale up pre-arranged finance to assist poor and v
November 30, 2018
Let's Talk Development
Stéphane hallegatte, Brian Walsh, Jun erik rentschler
From risk to opportunity – how can we expand the risk management toolbox to build more resilient societies? Five years on, the lessons from the 2014 World Development Report are as relevant as ever
November 27, 2018
Fatima Arroyo Arroyo
Flash floods and landslides regularly impair public transportation in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and fixing the problem is hindered by a lack of reliable data. So we had to get creative...
November 26, 2018
Eurasian Perspectives
Donato De Rosa, Maja Murisic
Only better policies and a more effective institutional coordination will help reduce risks, protect the lives and wellbeing of Romanians, and minimize damage to natural, physical, and economic ass
November 19, 2018
Ankur Nagar
The Indian state of Kerala is taking big steps toward building back better and developing long-term resilience, response, and governance capacities, with the support of GFDRR and the World Bank.
November 8, 2018
End Poverty in South Asia
Dechen Tshering, Barbara Minguez Garcia, James P. Newman
Cultural heritage preservation is one of the four pillars of Gross National Happiness, the guiding philosophy of Bhutan’s development.
November 7, 2018
Sustainable Cities
Vivien Deparday, Jocelyn Michele West, Mira Lilian Gupta
Local communities are mapping some of the world’s most vulnerable areas, not only easing the way for emergency responders when disaster strikes, but also helping cities and communities plan and bui
October 29, 2018
Simone Balog-Way, Vivien Deparday, Lorenzo Piccio
In an effort to provide a framework to guide the use of data in disaster risk management, (GFDRR)’s Open Data for Resilience Initiative has developed 10 principles that can be applied throughout a
October 24, 2018
Sustainable Cities
Anna Wellenstein, Mika-Petteri Torhonen
Comprehensive land and geospatial systems can secure the resilient recovery of economic activities – by providing accessible and instant data on disaster impact, the value of losses, the beneficiar
October 24, 2018
Sustainable Cities
Joe Leitmann
Post-disaster needs assessments (PDNAs) have transformed how we prepare for and respond to disaster. Here are five ways we can do PDNAs better.