The Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming DRM in Developing Countries: Program Overview

Understanding Disaster Risk

The Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries (the Program) is a partnership between the Government of Japan (GOJ) and the World Bank aimed at mainstreaming disaster risk management (DRM) into national development planning and investment programs, including through World Bank country strategies and operations. The Program also strives to connect Japanese and global expertise in DRM with developing countries.

Country Program

The Country Program provides funding in the form of project grants for technical assistance activities that lead to project preparation and implementation of DRM investment and policy operations. These projects can include: (i) project preparation to strengthen resilience of infrastructure projects against disaster risks; (ii) disaster risk analysis to build and maintain credible disaster risk information to enhance project design; and (iii) capacity building to increase comprehensive DRM approaches including disaster risk mitigation, preparedness and response.

Engagements are supporting three key priorities: i) resilient infrastructure; ii) risk identification, risk reduction, and preparedness; and, iii) disaster risk financing and insurance. The selection of these priority areas has been informed by increased demand for investments across developing countries.

Three priority areas:

1.    Resilient Infrastructure

Prioritizes activities that aim to integrate DRM principles and processes across the lifetime of infrastructure investments through design, construction, operations and maintenance, and contingency planning.

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2.    Risk Identification, Risk Reduction, and Preparedness

Supports activities to strengthen comprehensive approaches to enhance risk identification, risk reduction, and national DRM agencies.

3.    Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance (DRFI)

Prioritizes activities that aim to enhance the financial resilience of developing countries against natural disasters by strengthening their capacities to better understand, mitigate, plan for, and meet post-disaster financing needs.

The Program is progressively contributing to increased country capacity in disaster risk-informed policy design and analysis; the adoption of national policy frameworks for mainstreaming disaster and climate resilience across infrastructure and social sectors; and strengthening building codes and land use planning systems. Additionally, activities are helping countries leverage World Bank investment financing for resilient infrastructure investments.

Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries

World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub