• The inclusion of climate and disaster risk in Country Partnership Frameworks grew from 85 percent in FY13 to 95 percent in FY15.
• The World Bank Group (WBG) works with the World Meteorological Organization and Met Offices around the world on hydrometeorology services, helping to build capacity on a regional basis, such as with its support for hydromet modernization initiatives in Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The WBG committed $583 million per year to early warning and preparedness in FY12-15 and helped launch a new early warning system initiative in late 2015.
• Over 100 million people in 50 countries gained improved access to risk information about their country through WBG-supported national and regional geospatial data sharing platforms since 2010. The open data initiative 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 25 countries, mapping millions of buildings and urban infrastructure, opening more than 1,300 geospatial datasets to the public, and developing innovative application tools.
• Introduction of innovative financing tools like: i) a deferred catastrophe drawdown option that provides countries with a pre-approved credit line that can be accessed following a natural disaster if they commit to developing an integrated disaster risk management (DRM) strategy; ii) a $200 million financing structure that aims to help Uruguay manage drought risks by offering a contingent credit line when certain conditions are met; and iii) expansion of catastrophe risk insurance pooling mechanisms for the Caribbean, Pacific, and Southeast Europe, as well as the creation of the world’s first subnational insurance pool in the Philippines.
• WBG technical assistance, with financial support from GFDRR, is helping the Peruvian government design and implement a $10 billion school retrofitting and rebuilding program for Peru’s nearly 50,000 schools. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, GFDRR has been supporting the government by providing technical advice to the Department of Education, informing the reconstruction and rehabilitation of affected educational facilities, and individually assessing over 5,000 public schools.
• As part of a $200 million project, the WBG is supporting efforts to expand and improve transportation in Morocco’s larger cities. The project is designed to reduce disparities by improving access to social services and economic opportunities and foster urban development by enhancing productivity through improved urban transportation.
• The WBG is providing cutting-edge 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.
• Working with affected communities: in Vietnam through the national DRM project, disaster management activities are being implemented at the community level. Success of an initial pilot of a World Bank community-based DRM project since 2006 has led to government scale up of the approach in 6,000 additional communities through a national $500 million program.
• In FY12-15, the WBG deployed teams to more than 36 countries affected by natural disasters, mobilizing almost $4.5 billion for resilient recovery and reconstruction. Task teams supported assessments of disaster impacts that informed recovery efforts and helped ensure the integration of resilient measures in the recovery process.
• In FY12-15, three times as much WBG financing supported ex ante measures – such as early warning systems or resilient infrastructure – compared to post-disaster recovery, with the former representing nearly 77 percent of all DRM commitments in FY15 ($4.2 billion).
• As of January 2016, the WBG was providing advisory support to more than 44 countries to develop national-level risk financing strategies and was involved in strengthening regional collaboration in disaster risk financing and insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, the southwest Indian Ocean, and East Asia
Last Updated: Mar 29,2016