• In FY14, 80 percent of active World Bank Country Partnership Frameworks incorporated disaster and climate risk analysis.
• Over 100 million people in 50 countries gained improved access to risk information about their country through World Bank-supported national and regional geospatial data sharing platforms since 2010. The Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) is a key component of the World Bank’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. Among them is the award-winning, free open-source software InaSAFE which produces realistic, natural hazard impact scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response.
• Introduction of innovative financing mechanisms like the Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (CAT-DDO), expanding the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Facility to Central America and a pilot facility in the Pacific Islands, which in March 2015 announced a $1.9 million pay-out to Vanuatu as part of broader World Bank Group support for the island nation in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, including an initial scoping mission to assess the impact of the cyclone and the government’s emergency response needs, and help in restoring the tourism sector through an IDA credit of up to $59.5 million for the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project.
• A seismic risk assessment of nearly 1,500 public schools in Peru helped leverage a national Structural Retrofitting Program for school infrastructure to ensure the safety of 2 million students in 50,000 schools.
• The World Bank is organizing a start-up competition to encourage female-run business solutions to urban risk in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Women or women-led teams from 100 cities will present high impact business solutions to clearly identified city risks, with top candidates receiving a support package.
• The Bank 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 to the government approved $9 billion Metro Manila Flood Management Master Plan.
• In FY12-14, the Bank invested $1.4 billion in improving disaster preparedness. This included investing in hydro-meteorological and early warning systems. In Nepal, for example GFDRR awarded $600,000 to civil society organizations to build flood resilience using a community-based approach in the Kosi Basin.
• 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.
• Since 2007, GFDRR-supported Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) leveraged over US$3.3 billion in disaster-specific medium- to long-term recovery and reconstruction investments. These investments are expected to lead to the reconstruction of at least 1.7 million homes, 600 health facilities and 2,300 schools, in turn permitting the return of some 8 million displaced people to their homes and a restoration of health and education facilities for around 3 million people.
• Following Djibouti's severe drought from 2007 to 2011, a GFDRR-supported Post Disaster Needs Assessment mobilized $13 million of World Bank emergency funding for drought mitigation, and an additional $30 million from the international community. These post-disaster interventions are (i) helping Djibouti reduce risks by making water more readily available to farmers in drought-affected areas, and (ii) building resilience to future droughts with the establishment of a national safety net program in the event of a disaster.
• Informing the global DRM agenda with knowledge products including the Disaster Recovery Framework Guide, Understanding Risk in an Evolving World, Building Resilience, Cities and Flooding: A Guide To Integrated Flood Risk Management, Climate Adaptation Profiles for 31 vulnerable countries, and, in partnership with the Government of Japan, the Sendai Report and Learning from Megadisasters.
• Partnership development and catalysing global knowledge sharing through high level events such as the Resilience Dialogue which takes place on the margins of the Annual and Spring Meetings, the Sendai Dialogue, the second World Reconstruction Conference, the Understanding Risk Forum, and others.
Last Updated: Mar 31,2015