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Stories of Impact - A Series Highlighting Achievements in Disaster Risk Management Initiatives

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The Stories of Impact series highlights work involving the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) that has helped to reduce developing countries' vulnerability to natural hazards and build communities' resilience.

Weathering Future Storms in the Seychelles

A damage and loss assessment supported by the World Bank Group and managed by GFDRR led to the development of multi-risk mapping and an extensive review of flood risk financing options for the Indian Ocean nation as it recovered from a cyclone. Read more

Disaster Planning Pays Off in Odisha, India

Effective disaster risk management significantly reduced casualties from Cyclone Phailin, and GFDRR and other partners are supporting the strengthening and scaling up of these efforts through the National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP). Read more

Building Back Better in Tonga after Cyclone Ian 

Field assessments after Cyclone Ian revealed that properly designed and constructed housing infrastructure prevented more deaths, injuries, and physical damage. That led to a Housing Recovery and Reconstruction policy in Tonga. Read more

Stakeholders Engage to Build Belize's Climate Resilience

Facing the risk of climate-related disasters, Belize is working to improve its resilience by transforming the country’s approach to economic and social development with a national plan that cuts across all sectors. Read more

Managing Drought, Sustaining Growth in Djibouti

Djibouti is at particular risk for water shortages and severe flooding, both of which profoundly impact its growing but fragile economic sector. GFDRR is helping the country build resilience. Read more

Enhancing Seismic Preparedness in Istanbul

A disaster preparedness program supported by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery has helped earthquake-vulnerable Istanbul retrofit or rebuild over 1,000 public buildings. Read more

Rapidly Assessing Flood Damage in Uttarakhand, India

GFDRR and partners conducted a Joint Rapid Damage Needs Assessment (JRDNA) for the Uttarakhand region soon after the devastating 2013 monsoons, completing a thorough analysis of damage and providing the necessary foundation for recovery efforts to begin. Read more

Assessing Post-Disaster Needs in Nigeria

After severe flooding in 2012, Nigeria asked GFDRR and other key partners to conduct a comprehensive Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). Read more

Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction in Niger

GFDRR and partners have financed an almost $1 million disaster risk reduction project in Niger to build capacity of local communities for early warning and response. Read more

Strengthening Financial Resilience in the Pacific

In response to requests from 15 countries, the World Bank, GFDRR, and other partners formed the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) in 2007 to help mitigate disaster and climate change risk. Read more

Disaster-Proofing the Transport Sector in Vietnam

The government of Vietnam, with support from GFDRR and the World Bank, has made important strides in building the resilience of the transport sector against risk from natural disasters and climate change. Read more