World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub

Established in 2014, the World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub was launched in acknowledgement of the learning emerging from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Operating under the management of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), its mission is to incorporate DRM into the development and investment strategies of low- and middle-income countries through the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries. 

The Japan-World Bank Program funds technical assistance grants enabling governments to plan, prepare, and implement World Bank and other development financed projects that build resilience against natural hazards and climate change. The Japan- World Bank Program also focuses on connecting Japanese and global DRM expertise with lower income countries and World Bank operational teams. 

Through these activities, the Japan-World Bank Program helps countries achieve the targets set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 as well as in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.

Grants Awarded under Country Program (2014 - 2024)

Below is a map that shows the Program’s portfolio which has been supporting over 270 technical assistance projects in more than 110 countries, and now totaling over $160 million in grants (as of January 2024). Global grants are shown on the upper-left area of the map.

List of Projects (Sortable tables)


The Japan-World Bank Program has contributed to close to 80% of the low- and middle-income countries supported by the World Bank in institutionalizing disaster risk reduction as a national priority. Most Program activities address multiple hazards, such as floods, earthquakes, and landslides. It leverages Japan’s global leadership in DRM issues, building on knowledge and experience gained from a long history of dealing with natural hazards. This credibility enhances dialogue with governments.

The Japan-World Bank Program supports:

  • DRM Policy and Institutions, such as regulatory assessments, strategy formulation, and capacity building on risk identification, financing, and preparedness and response; and
  • DRM and Infrastructure, such as advice on improving climate and disaster resilience of lifeline infrastructure and community facilities. 


Japan has forged a strong partnership with the World Bank to assist developing countries in reducing their risks against natural disasters. Japan, one of the founding donors of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and its largest funder, has played a pivotal role in transforming the World Bank's approach to disaster risk management (DRM), elevating it from a peripheral concern to a central priority.

GFDRR stands as a global partnership committed to aiding low- and middle-income nations to better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change.

As a vital component of GFDRR, the World Bank Tokyo DRM Hub mobilizes global expertise to help address resilience challenges in developing countries. The Tokyo DRM Hub is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Program and acts as the Program’s facilitator of DRM expertise, knowledge, and technology solutions to help developing countries build resilience to climate and disaster risk. This is done through:

  • provision of project preparation and operational support to World Bank task teams;
  • deployment of Japanese and global DRM experts to developing countries; and
  • dissemination of DRM knowledge and lessons learned from Japanese experience and other World Bank grant-financed activities.


Procurement opportunities related to activities supported by the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries will be posted regularly on this page.

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Feature Stories


■Publications - by thematic area

Results and Impacts Stories

  • Global Knowlege Programs Series
  • Results in Resilience series
  • IBRD and IDA series

Annual Reports and Program Brochures



Knowledge is central to the World Bank’s ability to influence the global development agenda. As part of the World Bank’s evolution, the Knowledge Compact reinforces our commitment to leveraging knowledge alongside financing to deliver impactful solutions. In line with this, the Tokyo DRM Hub delivers demand-driven knowledge products in DRM thematic areas such as: risk identification, risk reduction, and preparedness; resilient infrastructure; and financial preparedness to disasters and climate shocks. This knowledge-driven approach helps GFDRR and the Tokyo DRM Hub tailor robust development strategies that are both adaptable and scalable across different contexts, ensuring that our ground-level projects are as impactful as they are informed.

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The Japan Program addresses the challenges created by intensifying natural hazards and a changing climate by connecting Japanese DRM expertise and solutions with the World Bank’s developing country partners around the world by mobilizing Japanese DRM experts from across the public and private sectors, civil society organizations and academia.

This section highlights the outcomes realized across our diverse portfolio of technical assistance grants.


  • The Results in Resilience Stories report on the outcomes achieved under some of our technical assistance grants. The stories focus on addressing four main themes: (i) the development challenge; (ii) input of financing and Japanese expertise; (iii) output of projects and programs; and (i) the Japanese contribution to outcomes on the ground and lessons learned.
  • Enabling Scaled-Up Risk Reduction Investments in the Philippines

    Enabling Scaled-Up Risk Reduction Investments in the Philippines

    Strengthening institutional systems and the capacity of agencies to build resilience across the country
  • Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States

    Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States

    An integrated approach to enhance the climate and disaster resilience of transport systems.
  • Strengthening Resilience in South Asia with Improved Infrastructure

    Strengthening Resilience in South Asia with Improved Infrastructure

    Deepening assistance to governments in South Asia to reduce disaster risks by convening not only the deep technical expertise required, but also addressing system-wide perspectives on the processes of resilience in the infrastructure sector.
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    Scaling up Flood Risk Management in Brazil to Build Community-level Resilience (PDF)

    Creating cutting-edge disaster risk management tools, growing applied knowledge and deepening financial protections not only strengthens Brazil’s ability to mitigate smaller-scale, recurrent disasters at the local level, but also helps to build urban resilience throughout the country.
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    Strengthening Urban Resilience in Central American Municipalities

    Supporting national and local governments in Central America to better understand disaster resilience and climate risks thus enhancing urban resilience
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    Strengthening Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa with Transformed Hydromet Services

    In order to improve risk management through better disaster preparedness in the Africa region, 15 African countries joined a regional program to strengthen their technical capacity in hydromet services.
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    Strengthening Risk Data for Urban Resilience in Bangladesh

    "Over much of the past decade, Bangladesh’s development prospects have been buoyed by a record of strong and sustained economic growth. Yet even as the country’s bustling urban areas, including the capital city Dhaka, have helped fuel that growth, rapid and unplanned development is leaving millions of people more vulnerable not only to natural hazards, including cyclones, floods, and earthquakes, but also to the impacts of climate change. In response to this challenge, Bangladesh has embarked on a comprehensive urban resilience agenda. The government strongly recognizes the importance of risk data for informing and driving that agenda, and is working to strengthen the infrastructure for collecting, sharing, and analyzing risk data."
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    Strengthening Urban Resilience in Morocco

    Building urban resilience in Morocco at both the local and national level has helped to increase the application of risk information in public policy and investment planning, informed government policy and strategies, and improved performance of national and city agencies in the quality and timeliness of emergency response.
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    Strengthening Flood Forecasting and Early Warning in the Volta River Basin

    A technical team worked with local partners to strengthen flood forecasting in the Oti River through the development of a forecasting model and early warning system, as well as knowledge exchange with Japanese experts.
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    Strengthening Disaster Preparedness In Armenia By Increasing Knowledge, Awareness, And Capacity

    September 2020 - In an effort to prepare the young population for disasters, the Government of Armenia developed an interactive online game for Armenian students in classrooms across the country.
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    Strengthening Resilience in the Transport Sector

    June 2020 - Five countries across the globe are working to strengthen the transport sector to build resilience against disaster and climate risks, enabling a resilient global transport program that provides support to more than 20 countries.
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    Managing Disaster Risk in Central America

    Honduras and Nicaragua are taking action to be better prepared for natural hazards by modernizing hydromet services.
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    Building Resilience in Southeast Asia (219MB, PDF)

    July 2019 - In a region with a long tradition of coping with extreme water and weather variability, the Japan-World Bank DRM Program supported disaster risk reduction, risk financing, and hydro-meteorological systems and laid the foundation for a new disaster risk insurance facility.
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    Improving School Infrastructure Safety in the Kyrgyz Republic (576KB, PDF)

    May 2019 - In the Kyrgyz Republic, the Government is investing in its schools to improve their safety and functionality and ensure that they are more resilient to natural disasters.
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    Empowering Elders for Resilience in Nepal and the Philippines (918KB, PDF)

    May 2019 - Japanese communities’ experience has been leveraged to strengthen community-led recovery, preparedness and longer-term resilience in developing countries, including Nepal and the Philippines.

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    Upper Egypt Resilient Road Transport Technical Assistance

    Project Period: 02/03/2021-10/31/2022
    Through the technical assistance grant, “Upper Egypt Resilient Road Transport Technical Assistance”, the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming DRM in Developing Countries (the Program) has been supporting the improvement of road transport resilience in four selected governates (Qena, Sohag, Minya, and Assiut).
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    Resilient Urban Mobility Diagnostics for Indonesian Cities

    Project Period: 2020/02/08-2021/09/30
    The technical assistance grant, “Resilient Urban Mobility Diagnostics for Indonesian Cities”, funded by the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries, supported the development and dissemination of national-level technical guidelines on resilience-building standards for the proposed Indonesia Mass Transit Project and increased the technical capacity of government officials of Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to make risk-informed decisions on mass transit investments.

International Development Association Series
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    Supporting the Development of Inputs Into Tashkent’S Urban Resilience Strategy and Investment Plan

    Project Period: 2019/11/13-2022/6/30
    Funded by the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries, the technical assistance grant “Supporting Tashkent’s Urban Resilience Strategy and the Development of an Investment Plan” aims to provide city officials with a clear view of the city’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards.
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    Supporting Multi-Risk Assessment of Greater Monrovia

    Project Period: 02/03/2020-01/31/2022
    The technical assistance grant, “Supporting Multi-risk Assessment of Greater Monrovia”, provided through the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries, aims to support improved knowledge and understanding of combined disaster and climate-change risks in Greater Monrovia.
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    Flood-Resilient Mass Transit Planning in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    Project Period: 2020/02/11-2021/06/30
    To improve the resilience of the urban transportation system, the Japan -World Bank Program for Mainstreaming DRM in Developing Countries supported the technical assistance project “Flood-Resilient Mass Transit Planning in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso” aiming at incorporating flood and other hazard risk in its spatial planning and technical design, and enhancing the capacity of national and city institutions to systematically consider flood risk in urban transport planning and management.
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    Reducing Climate and Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities of Transport Systems in Small Island Developing States

    Project Period: 2019/6/26-2022/4/30
    The technical assistance grant, “Reducing climate and natural disaster vulnerabilities of transport systems in Small Island Developing States”, provided through the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries, has been improving the resilience of transport systems in four selected countries: Vanuatu and Solomon Islands (Pacific Region); Saint Vincent (Caribbean Region) and Cape Verde (Africa Region).

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