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Burned by decades of conflict, Afghanistan's ability to cope with and respond to disaster has also been undermined by a lack of adequate risk information. Since 2015, however, Afghanistan has been bolstering efforts to generate and share risk information, with support from GFDRR.

Aftershocks looks at various disasters from the distant and recent past and uses risk modeling to understand the likely impacts similar events would have if they were to occur in today’s more populous and connected world.

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.


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Port Vila, Vanuatu
URf Pacific will bring together policy-makers, financial risk managers, and development partners to strengthen regional collaboration on climate and disaster risk finance, to share lessons on communicating risk to technical and policy audiences, and to offer learning opportunities across five core themes that are integral to financial resilience.
Belgrade, Serbia
The vision of the conference is to help further the understanding of risk by supporting a network of experts and practitioners that share knowledge and experience, and discuss best practices and innovative approaches in assessing risk and communicating risk information.


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Sameh Wahba at URBalkans: Why understanding disaster risk matters for sustainable development

Sameh Wahba, Director of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, sheds light on the importance of understanding disaster and climate risks for sustainable development<

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 28, 2018
Lorenzo Piccio, David Tucker
Over a decade after the OpenStreetMap community first burst onto the global development scene, the sight of the World Bank headquarters’ atrium packed to the rafters with mappers, veterans and newc
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