• The Bank has led development of tools that help facilitate access to vital information. For example, the Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) is a key component of the WBG’s commitment to building disaster and climate resilience in some of the world’s poorest regions. This initiative is currently active in more than 30 countries, mapping millions of buildings and urban infrastructure, and opening more than 1,500 geospatial datasets to the public.
• The Bank Group is working with risk modeling firms to develop catastrophe models, such as the first catastrophe risk model in the South Pacific, which now supports the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Program (PCRAFI). This “cat risk” model builds on the Pacific Risk Information System, the first regional database with over 3.5 million geo-referenced buildings and infrastructure in 15 Pacific island countries.
• WBG technical assistance, with financial support from GFDRR, helped the Peruvian government design and implement a $10 billion school retrofitting and rebuilding program for Peru’s education infrastructure. Through this program, the government retrofitted more than 29,000 buildings across the country, making schools safer from earthquakes and other natural disasters for over 2.5 million children.
• Following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, which claimed nearly 9,000 lives and destroyed almost 500,000 houses, the WBG deployed a team to provide advisory services and technical support for resilient recovery and reconstruction. Task teams working with officials from all government ministries supported assessments of disaster impacts that informed recovery efforts, helped ensure the integration of resilience measures in the recovery process, and helped the government secure pledges of $4.4 billion towards its recovery process.
• The WBG is increasingly tailoring its proven post-disaster needs assessment methodology and expertise to complex conflict and fragile situations. In Syria, for example, the WBG and partners used satellite imagery and social media analytics to conduct a preliminary Damage Needs Assessment (DNA), which has helped scale-up a pilot program to amass a wider picture of what is damaged, and where.
• The WBG is providing country capacity building and technical assistance initiatives on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, such as in the Philippines, where such support led the government to approve a $9 billion flood management plan for Metro Manila, and to systematize and institutionalize disaster recovery policies in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
• The $550 million Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness project (ISMEP), has over the last decade helped Turkey mitigate some of the largest impacts from earthquakes and improve emergency response. This has included building and improving public structures, production of new command and control centers, procurement of equipment, vehicles and emergency communication and information management systems, and provision of emergency response and safety training. In all, some 7 million people have benefitted from ISMEP activities.
• Burdened by years of poor rainfall and heavy dependence on rain-fed agriculture, Ethiopia worked with the World Bank and GFDRR to create the $550 million Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP), lifting over 7.5 million of its citizens from near-certain poverty with food, cash — or both — in exchange for directly helping build more resilient communities.
• Since 2012, the World Bank, Norway, Japan, and the government of Senegal have invested over $70 million in the Storm Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation Project (PROGEP), which helped protect almost 100,000 people and more than 400 hectares from flooding during the Senegal’s 2015 rainy season.
Last Updated: Sep 19,2016