Identifying risk is the first step in disaster risk management (DRM). Innovation Lab works to ensure that risk assessments meet the needs of decision-makers through proactive communication and engagement from risk assessment design to implementation of larger-scale investments in risk reduction, preparedness, and financial protection.
In 2011, GFDRR launched the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) to apply the concepts of the global open data movement to the challenges of reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change. OpenDRI has developed a suite of complementary tools to improve risk information through better access to data:
· Community Mapping, a community engagement approach that gathers information about the built environment through crowdsourcing (e.g., OpenStreetMap)
· InaSAFE, a tool that provides realistic disaster scenarios and their potential impacts
Understanding Risk community
Understanding Risk (UR) is an open and global community of 3,200 experts and practitioners interested and active in disaster risk assessment. Members represent more than 125 countries and include a range of sectors. The community convenes every two years at global forums, which provide organizations and individuals the opportunity to highlight new activities and initiatives, build new partnerships, and foster advances in the field of risk assessment. Understanding Risk 2014: Producing Actionable Information was held in London, UK. Previous events have been held in Washington, D.C.; Cape Town; Belo Horizonte; and Port-au- Prince.
To strengthen community resilience to natural disasters through innovation, Innovation Lab supports Code for Resilience (CfR), an initiative that partners local technologists with disaster risk management experts to create digital and hardware solutions for DRM and other civic-minded activities.
Spatial Impact Assessment
Innovation Lab's Spatial Impact Assessment (SIA) team uses satellite imagery and local spatial data sets to efficiently evaluate the entire extent of damage from a disaster and facilitate the development of a financial estimate for a country’s recovery. This work supports GFDRR’s Resilient Recovery efforts process by providing information before a damage assessment is undertaken and by providing independent validation.
The GFDRR and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) competitive Challenge Fund pilots new and innovative approaches to overcoming risk identification challenges and strengthens disaster and climate risk decision-making in developing countries. This fund provides small grants to projects that help bridge the gap between technology and on-the-ground user needs in the field of disaster risk identification.
Our Core Team:
Head of Innovation Lab – Dr. Alanna Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spatial Impact Assessment – Dr. Keiko Saito, email@example.com